Lea Lea Carter and Ross Cummings knew their Dickson Middle School basketball teams were two wins away from undefeated seasons, and unofficial state titles. Carter and Cummings knew the semifinal games would require massive efforts defensively and offensively, as well as powerful leadership, for Dickson to advance. As a result, both standouts took over their respective games, as each earned MVP honors with 28 points and the Dragon squads rolled to big wins.
The Lady Dragons played a nip and tuck first half against Christiana, but put things away in the second half as DMS rolled, 60-37. A physical West Wilson squad upset Murfreesboro-Blackman in the other semifinal game 48-40, so Dickson does not get to avenge its loss last year to the Lady Flames in the semis. Instead, the Lady Dragons face the West Wilson Lady Wildcats for a Sectional Title, state bragging rights, and an unbeaten season Saturday at noon in Smyrna.
The Dickson Middle School boys faced a Kenwood squad which was certain that the third time would be a charm. DMS rolled Kenwood in the regular season matchup, but the Knights nearly got the upset in the Area Tournament. Much like the girls’ game, Dickson led in the first half, but not by much–just two at the end of the first quarter, and by ten at the break. However, Dickson took over in the third, as the Dragons hammered the Knights 16-4. Ross Cummings had 13 points in that quarter alone, as stifling defense and efficient offense left the Knights reeling. KMS attempted a comeback in the fourth, but there wasn’t enough time, and Dickson survived 59-39. The unbeaten Dragons face either Murfreesboro-Siegel or Mt. Juliet on Saturday after the girls’ game (about 1:45pm), with the unofficial state title up for grabs.
On Friday night, Dickson County travels to Northeast, while Creek Wood is at Waverly. Both area teams then shift their attention to District tournaments, which take place next week.