The Henry County quarterfinal game was supposed to be a “trap game,” a dangerous game against a Patriot team with nothing to lose and a goal to end the Cougars’ season early. Some time in the second half, that memo got lost, as the Patriots imploded and Dickson County took advantage for an 81-56 rout of the Cougars’ arch rivals.
Henry County started off hot, taking a 16-13 lead after one and running the lead to 5 early in the second quarter. However, DCHS settled down and found some offense, retaking the lead off a 26-8 second quarter. Coming out of the locker room, the boys from Paris cut deeply into the Cougars’ lead, but Dickson County rebounded again. Henry County cut the lead by four going into the final frame, but the Pats looked gassed. The Cougars pulled away off a 29-15 fourth, and bounced the Pats out of the postseason.
Henry County radio broadcasters were quick to question the officiating, and rightfully so, considering several questionable calls in the course of the game. However, DCHS adjusted to the officials’ style far better than the Patriots, and the stats reflect that. In fact, Henry County had three technical fouls in the game, including two back to back from players following a Patriot foul; as a result, Dickson County wound up with six free throw attempts at once AND possession. Despite all the strangeness, the Cougars persevered, and that made the difference. A Dickson County team without a true post outscored a team with two big men by 10 in the post. The Cougars forced twice as many turnovers as they committed, and scored three times the points off turnovers that the Pats were able to convert.
JeQuan Lewis had 27 points in the win, but the spark-plug MVP was Caleb Tuck. The junior had 18 points, hit 4 three pointers, had 4 steals, 2 rebounds, an assist, no turnovers, and our only block.
Dickson County faces Kenwood at 8:30 Saturday night, and the girls face Clarksville Saturday at 4pm, with both games happening at Northeast. Kenwood dropped Rossview 75-59 on Friday evening.