The Dickson Middle School Dragons and Lady Dragons adanced to the Area Tournament Championship games with a pair of big wins on Wednesday night.
The boys advanced by defeating the Kenwood Middle School boys 54-38 in the 3:30 game Wednesday afternoon. While the score looks like Dickson won handily, that was not how the game actually played out. Kenwood played like a completely different team from the one Dickson blasted back before Christmas, keeping things close in the first half. DMS got a solid lead in the second half, but the Knights chipped it down to a point or two, and even led breifly in the second half. However, the Dragons turned to their clutch players throughout the game, and got just enough scoring to hold off the hard-charging Kenwood club. Co-MVPs Ross and Gabe Cummings led the way for Dickson (20 and 19 points, respectively), and Collier Wolcott powered in 6 points for the Dragons in the win. They will battle Northeast at 6pm Thursday night, as the Eagles beat the host Rossview Hawks by three on Wednesday.
The Dickson Middle Lady Dragons battled a big, physical New Providence squad on Wednesday, but DMS had an easier time in the girls’ game than in the boys’ contest, as the Lady Dragons rolled the Lady Mustangs 47-12. New Providence kept it relatively close at first, trailing 16-4 after one quarter. However, the Dickson defense pitched a 9-0 shutout in the second quarter, and the rout was on. DMS outscored New Providence 13-6 in the third and allowed just one fourth quarter basket to thwart any final-frame comeback. MVP Lea Lea Carter scored 11 of her 13 points in the first half, while Lainey Reed added 11 points. Emily Beard added 10 second half points after foul trouble kept her scoreless for the first half. The Lady Dragons will take on the winner of Richview and host Rossview Thursday night at 7:15, right after the boys’ championship game.
Thursday’s area title games can be heard as always on the RFC Sports Network (101.5 The One FM, WDKN 1260 AM or online at wdkn.com and 1015theone.com). It’s also worth noting that the wins on Wednesday night keep DMS out of a play-in situation in the next round of the playoffs; the top two seeds get a bye, while the three and four seeds not only have to play early consolation games on Thursday, but they also have to play on Saturday at West Wilson due to an off number of teams advancing to the next tournament. In short, Dickson not only gets a shot at the Area titles, but it also saves travel and the wear and tear of yet another game at this point in the season.