The second-seed Dickson Middle School Dragon boys entered their Area Tournament Quarterfinal matchup with seventh-seed Montgomery Central on Thursday afternoon with a lot of confidence. Not only were the Dragons riding a wave of success over stiff private school competition in recent weeks, but they’ve owned the Indians in recent memory as well, so this 2-versus-7 contest should have been a cakewalk.
The University School of Nashville ventured down to Dickson for an early doubleheader against Dickson Middle on Tuesday night, and the Tiger programs came out with a split. The DMS Lady Dragons battled but lost another close one 26-20 to the USN Lady Tigers, but the Dragon boys earned a tight win 34-29.
Dickson Middle takes on Harpeth Thursday night at 6pm in Kingston Springs.
The Dickson Middle School basketball teams faced off against Lancaster Christian Academy on Monday night in downtown Dickson, and the results were much the same as the previous meeting in Smyrna. The Lady Dragons fought through a close game against the much bigger LCA squad but lost again by double figures, while the outmanned Knights improved tremendously from the earlier meeting, but still took a tough loss on the road.
The DMS girls were outscored 16-8 by the Lady Knights in the first quarter, but 6 of the first 8 came from Ryann Roberts. The speed and quickness of the Lancaster backcourt coupled with the towering physicality down low proved a challenge for Dickson, who was missing the physicality of their 8th grade post Kailey Rosenbaum, out for the year with an ACL injury.
Roberts and Regan Purvine helped key a Lady Dragon run in the second as Roberts scored another basket and Purvine added 4 points in the frame. The Lady Knights, who also play on their high school team, held serve 14-12 to lead 30-20 at the half. Unfortunately for Dickson Middle, that would be basically as close as they would get. Lancaster would blitz DMS 15-4 in the third to put the game away 45-24, though Dickson made a 9-2 fourth quarter run before both sides pulled the starters. Since the reserves were unable to tally, Lancaster hung on for a 47-33 win.
Roberts earned the MVP honors with a team high 13 points, 8 of them coming in the tightly contested first half, while Purvine finished with 12 points–including 8 of Dickson’s second half 13.
The Dickson boys only allowed 3 points to the undersized Knights the last time the squads met, but Lancaster was also down a man because the game was on a Saturday. While that player did not score in the rematch, having three reserves instead of two helped keep LCA fresh, and they improved overall in a variety of facets of the game. DMS led off the game with a 20-0 first quarter before pulling the starters for the rest of the game. Demontez Coleman had 6 points while Noah Edmondson and Darrian Burns each added 5 points. Kody Pardue chipped in 4 points, while Chase Edmondson served as a facilitator even though he didn’t score.
With the reserves in the Dragons allowed a basket in the first quarter unlike in the prior matchup, but DMS won the frame 9-2 for a 29-2 halftime score. The Knights found themselves wide open in the third, and scored 3 longballs and a game-best 10 points; Devin England scored 10 points himself in the third, and the Dragons won the quarter 15-10 for a 44-12 lead. Another decent shooting frame saw LCA winning the fourth quarter 9-8, but Dickson owned the day 52-21.
Devin England led the way for the Dragons with 12 points and the MVP honors, while Coleman and Clifton Cummings were second on the team with 6. Ten of the eleven players who got into the game for DMS scored on the night, while Dickson allowed just 5 scorers, none of them in double figures.
Dickson hosts University School of Nashville Tuesday night at 5:15pm, then travels to Harpeth on Thursday night for a 6pm tip against their former conference rivals.