Dickson Middle School basketball made history on Saturday afternoon, as the Dragons and Lady Dragons became the first squads in school history to go undefeated all season long and win unofficial State Championships.
The Lady Dragons drew a stout West Wilson squad which led for most of the game, but DMS outplayed the Lady Cats in the second half. A 15-6 third quarter set the table, and the lead see-sawed back and forth in the final frame. West Wilson led by a point as Dickson drove down in the final seconds, but MVP Emily Beard calmly caught a loose ball and buried a 3 to give Dickson Middle the lead with just two seconds left, and the Lady Wildcats couldn’t answer. The Lady Dragons answered the bell with their second buzzer-beater of the three game tournament and escape with a 41-39 win. Beard finished with 18 points, while Lea Lea Carter had 17.
The Dragon boys faced a Siegel team that scored in spurts. DMS trailed 19-13 after one, but then the Dragons went into shutdown mode. Dickson went on a 17-2 run that stretched through the second and third quarters and into the fourth, before a reeling Cavalier squad could even answer. Dickson had to again ice the game at the line, as the Dragons scored all 14 fourth-quarter points off free throws, but DMS took home the victory 42-33. Ross Cummings had 13 points, while Gabe had 12, but Ben Powlas earned MVP honors with 7 points in the second quarter as DMS turned the corner.
The wins give both Dickson basketball teams Class AAA Sectional Championships, which are essentially unofficial state titles (as there is no higher level of competition at this point for middle school basketball). The wins also give the DMS basketball teams a combined record of 42-0 on the year. The DMS programs landed six players on the All-Sectional Tournament team (Beard, Lainey Reed, Carter; Gabe & Ross Cummings, Powlas), with Lea Lea and Gabe each earning tournament MVP honors.
Congratulations to the DMS Dragons and Lady Dragons on making history this season. They join the William James Colonel boys as State Champions this season, while Charlotte Middle’s Lady Tigers finished second in the Class AA Sectionals.