The Lady Cougars came in to Saturday’s game with two losses to just one team all year. That team, Franklin, was all that stood between Dickson and a shot at a District 11-AAA Championship, and as the old adage says, “it’s tough to beat a team three times in one season.” Dickson started slow and trailed, 12-7, at the end of the first quarter. In the second, Dickson rallied, bolstered by 7 points from Yasmine Daniel off the bench. Makray Odom hit a pair of free throws to give Dickson a 27-26 lead at the half. In the third and fourth quarters the teams seesawed back and forth with 6-8 point runs going both ways. With neither teams able to get separation it was anyone’s ballgame in the final minutes. With less than a minute left Dickson had possession with and a 50-50 tie on the board. Emily Beard, who had only two points in the game, drove in from the left corner and hit a floater to give the Lady Cougars a 2 point lead. Franklin threw the ball out of bounds and was forced to foul sending Beard to the line where she hit both free throws to extend the lead to 54-50 with 10 seconds to play. Franklin would get a 3-pointer with 3 seconds but it was too little too late and Dickson advanced to the championship game by a margin of 53-54 over the Lady Rebels. Dickson was led in scoring by Carlee Wilson who had 14, Lainey Reed added 13 and was 4 of 4 from 3-point range. The Lady Cougars will now face Brentwood, Tuesday night at 6pm for the Girl’s 11-AAA Championship.
The Dickson boys had a solid game plan to handle the Brentwood Bruins in their third meeting of the season but the Bruins were simply too much for the Cougars on Saturday afternoon. Dickson trailed 13-8 at the end of the first and 19-17 at halftime. Coach Jason Tigert’s plan seemed to have the Cougars in a position to battle for a win in the fourth quarter but Brentwood had other ideas. In the third quarter, Dickson County mistakes allowed the Bruins to open up an 8 point lead going in to the fourth. The Cougars would get no closer and Brentwood pulled away to a 48-35 win. The Cougars were led in scoring by Tracy Green, who had 14 points and a double-double, Hunter Wolcott added 10 points. Dickson County played without junior point guard Tyriek Primm for undisclosed reasons Saturday and were not certain of his availability for Monday night’s game either. The Cougar face Ravenwood Monday at 7:30 in the consolation game.
The Cougars and Lady Cougars were separated by 40 miles on Thursday night when the District 11-AAA tournament began, but on Saturday they will share a gym for the semifinals. The Lady Cougars waited and extra 30 minutes to start their game with Summit after the Lady Spartans were late arriving at DCHS. The delay may have been behind a slow start for Dickson, but they lead at the end of every quarter on the way to a 60-46 win. The Lady Cougars were led in scoring by Lea Lea Carter with 18 and Payton Grove who added 14 points.
The Cougars were forced to travel to Independence High School, the host site for the 11-AAA playoffs, for their quarterfinal matchup with the Eagles. Right out of the gate, Dickson imposed their grind it out style of basketball on Independence. The Eagles struggled to find a rhythm and led 15-14 at the half. In the 3rd quarter, Dickson County quickly added 4 points, taking an 18-15 lead and forcing a timeout by the Eagles. Despite all their good work the Cougars still trailed by one, 25-24, at the start of the 4th quarter. With the Cougars down 32-29, Tyler Primm hit the games only 3-pointer to tie it up. Independence’s Grayson Murphy picked up his game high 18th point of the night to give the edge to the Eagles 34-32 with less than 2 minutes remaining. Tracy Green drove the baseline moments later and missed a layup but was fouled by Murphy, sending him to the free throw line. After making both shots, the Cougars had to defend for 54.7 seconds to send the game to overtime. With 10 seconds on the clock, Coach Jason Tigert changed his defense to a trapping man and Hunter Wolcott forced a turnover. Otis Gerron corralled the loose ball a passed it ahead to a streaking Wolcott. Wolcott missed the layup but made both free throws with 2.2 seconds left in the game. Independence inbounded to midcourt and called a timeout. A last second heave from the volleyball stripe fell short and Dickson advanced to play Brentwood Saturday with a 36-34 win.
The Cougars play Brentwood at 3:15 Saturday at Independence. The Lady Cougars will play Franklin immediately following the boys game. With the win both teams earn berths in the Region Tournament at Glencliff High School.
It was a tale of two games on Friday night at Dickson County High School. On Senior Night, the Cougars and Lady Cougars both picked up wins in their final game of District 11-AAA play but with very different approaches. The Lady Cougars kicked the night off with a blowout 75-38 over the Lady Hawks. After a slow start in the 1st quarter Dickson led 9-8 but rolled the rest of the way. Dickson was led in scoring by Emily Beard with 17 points but the Co-MVPs were Lea Lea Carter with 11 points and Payton Grove with 16 points. Dickson had already secured third place going into Friday night and further distanced themselves from the bottom half of the league.
The boys took it down to the wire in an attempt to improve their seeding before the district playoff brackets were set on Saturday. Trailing 43-34 heading into the 4th quarter, Dickson held Ravenwood to just two points in the 4th quarter to give the offense time to catch up. It took two steals forced by Otis Gerron in the final two minutes to set Dickson up for a game winning shot by Tracy Green from the left short corner. It was Green’s only made shot of the night but one of the biggest of the year for the Cougars. With the win, 46-45, the Cougars moved up to fifth in District 11-AAA.
The next game for both teams is set for 6pm Monday at Harpeth with District 11-AAA Playoffs starting Wednesday.