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DMS Sweeps at Harpeth

Dickson Middle basketball wrapped up the 2014 calendar year with a road game at Harpeth on Thursday night. The games were not without their hiccups, but in the end the Maroon and White scored the sweep, improving both DMS teams to 12-1.

The Lady Dragons opened strong with an 8-2 first quarter, but ran into a jam in the second. Caty Roberts got into foul trouble and had to sit, then her cousin Ryann Roberts took a hard fall to the floor and had to leave the game. Ryann had a team and game best 8 points, but ultimately went to the locker room a few minutes early. Raegan Purvine and K. K. Curtis had to pick up the slack for Dickson in the waning minutes of the first half, as Purvine scored her first 3 points of the game and Curtis poured in 5 points in the second to give her a team best 9 in the half. The Lady Dragons took the frame 16-7 for a 24-9 halftime lead.

The DMS squad returned at full strength in the second half, but Harpeth responded as well. Four players scored for the Lady Indians in the third and the Harpeth defense found a new gear. The home side edged Dickson 8-7 in the third, and repeated the performance with a 9-8 fourth, but Dickson did enough heavy lifting in the first to build a cushion. The Lady Dragons were able to keep the Lady Indians turned away, and DMS celebrated a 39-26 win.

Physical post Leigha Adams and versatile guard Dani Wix led Harpeth with 10 points each, but no one else had more than 2 points. By comparison, a total of 7 players scored for Dickson, 4 of them with more than 2 points. Ryann Roberts led all scorers with 14, and joined Adams as the only players to score in every quarter. Curtis took home the MVP honors, however, as she had 9 points and a number of key defensive plays and rebounds in all 3 games this week. Purvine managed 7 points for Dickson as well.

The boys’ game, by comparison, was an overloaded pressure cooker. Dickson was without team leader Darian Burns due to sickness. Both sides struggled shooting from the floor and the free throw line, but Harpeth in particular struggled offensively. And the coaches for both teams argued with the officials all night long, especially a frustrated Dickson side that pulled away in the second half in spite of sloppy play all around.

Kody Pardue managed 6 first quarter points as the Dragons nearly escaped the period up 8-4. Grant Patterson beat the buzzer with a three, however, and Dickson’s lead was only 8-7. In the second, the wackiness began, as Pardue was held scoreless while both sides drew the ire of the officials. Fouls piled up, including a foul and technical on a Harpeth player back to back, but each side managed just 3 made free throws in an 8-8 wash.

Up just 16-15 at the break, Dickson came out of the locker room refocused. New starter Max Sensing managed a three and a bucket in the third, and Pardue got back in the scorebook as the Dragons outscored the Indians 10-6. The fouls piled up in the second half including a technical on a Dickson player, as did the turnovers and sloppy play, but the poor shooting continued; neither side hit from the charity stripe in the third, and Harpeth managed 4 made free throws in the fourth to Dickson’s 2. Luckily for the Dragons, Pardue took over in the final 6 minutes, netting 9 points in a 16-7 quarter as DMS took the game 42-28.

Win Seagraves managed 10 points for the Indians, while Patterson added 6 off a pair of threes and Dylan Capps 5 points including 3 of Harpeth’s made free throws. Pardue was clearly the Dragons’ MVP with 17 points, and he was the only DMS player to score in 3 of the 4 quarters. Ethan England added 6, including 3 free throws and a long ball, while Sensing managed 5 points off a bucket and a three.

DMS doesn’t play again until mid-January, but the RFC Sports Network is heating up over the holidays. The Dickson County Lady Cougars play Friday at noon against White County in Gatlinburg, then Creek Wood hosts Camden for a district doubleheader Friday night at 6.

DMS Puts Away E. A. Cox

The Dickson Middle School basketball squads swept E. A. Cox on a special Tuesday night home series at DMS.

The Lady Dragons continued their white-hot play by blasting the Lady Cougars 44-7. Ryann Roberts was one of only two players in double figures as she managed 16 points in just 3 periods of play. The MVP also had a pair of threes in the contest. Caty Roberts also netted 11 points and a three for the victors, the second leading scorer of the 9 who registered a point for the Lady Dragons.

Dickson led 18-0 at the end of one, meaning Dickson had not allowed a point in over 12 minutes of play dating back to the prior night’s win in Charlotte. Nakoya Hayes scored a pair of free throws in the second, as Dickson led 28-2 at the half; DMS went the equivalent of a full game without allowing a field goal, outscoring Charlotte and E. A. Cox by a margin of 41-4 in that span. Hayes and Jazmyn Frierson each had buckets for the Lady Cougars in the 11-4 third, but Cox Middle managed a lone Makiyah Edwards free throw in the 5-1 DMS fourth. The Lady Dragons have allowed a made field goal in only 2 of their last 8 quarters, with just one game left in 2015.

The Dragon boys had a much tougher fight on their hands against an up-tempo, physical E. A. Cox squad. The Cougars actually led for most of the first quarter, but a late bucket gave DMS a 9-8 lead at the end of one. Dickson struck again quickly to extend the lead, but Darien Davis led a Cox Middle charge right back. Dickson held back the visitors from Columbia 10-8 in the second as 4 Dragons scored, and DMS led 19-16 at the half as Darian Burns had 9 and 5 other Dragons had 2 each.

The Dickson defense went to work in the third, and 5 Dragons tallied in a 12-3 frame. Up 31-19 in the fourth, Burns hammered in 12 points down the stretch to help Dickson turn back E. A. Cox 16-10 for a 47-29 win. Burns took MVP honors with 23 points, the only player in the game in double figures. Jacob England had 8 points for Dickson, while Chase Edmisson added 6. Davis had 9 points to lead the 7 Cox Middle scorers, and Dontavius Brown added 7 points himself.

Both DMS squads improved to 11-1 on the year, and finish 2014 on Thursday night at Harpeth in Kingston Springs.

The Dickson Middle School basketball squads had two different reasons to be ready for Monday night’s battle with Charlotte. In the end, the Dragons and Lady Dragons came away with the same results–lopsided wins up Highway 48 North.

The Dickson Middle School Dragon boys blew out Charlotte in the prior game in Dickson, and seemed poised to repeat and sweep the season series. However, Charlotte had other plans. The Tigers took it to the visiting Dragons, and the two squads swapped the lead in the opening quarter until DMS escaped with an 8-7 edge. The second quarter was much of the same, with neither offense able to properly execute. Darian Burns chipped in 5 points and D. J. Stacy added a bucket, and Dickson eked out a 7-6 edge for a 15-13 lead at the half.

Out of the locker room, the Dickson Dragons were a completely different team. Kody Pardue went off for 9 points in the third and the Dragons held Charlotte without a field goal in a 20-4 shellacking. Up 35-17 heading into the fourth, Dickson cycled in some reserves for most of the final minutes, before both sides emptied their benches; the Tigers won the final quarter 10-8, but the Dragons took the game 43-27.

Burns scored in every quarter and led all scorers with 18 points as he earned MVP honors, while Pardue added 11. Noah Swelfer led Charlotte with 8 points, 6 of them off free throws, while Sam Askins and James Dougherty added 4 each.

The Dickson Middle Lady Dragons were looking to avenge their only loss of the season. Instead of the back and forth, close game classic from the prior matchup, Monday night’s rematch was a lopsided blowout as the Dickson defense smothered the Black and Gold hosts in a 28-11 win. Dickson took the opening frame 11-2, off 7 points from Raegan Purvine. Charlotte answered back with a 7-0 run to start the second, but the Lady Dragons answered back with a 4-0 run of their own to close out the first half. DMS led 15-9 at the half, and the defense found another gear in the second half. Another 4 points from Purvine keyed an 8-2 third, and the Lady Dragons blanked the Lady Tigers 5-0 in the final frame to salt away the win.

Purvine earned MVP honors with 13 points, more than double the total of anyone else in the game. The next highest totals were from teammate Ryann Roberts with 6 points, then 5 points each from Dickson’s Caty Roberts and Charlotte’s Raegan Hohl. Madison Hayes added 4 points for CMS.

Dickson Middle is back in action at home against E. O. Coffman on Tuesday night, before wrapping up the pre-Christmas slate at Harpeth on Thursday.

The Creek Wood Red Hawks and Lady Red Hawks split their home doubleheader against former district rival Sycamore Friday night in Charlotte. The Lady Red Hawks dropped a close one 50-43, while the boys rolled the War Eagles in a mercy rule win and stayed undefeated.

The girls’ game was a battle throughout, as the squads traded the lead in a 10-10 opening quarter. Sycamore would strike first in the second quarter to make it 12-10 and the Lady Red Hawks would quickly tie the game at 12-12. That would be the last time Creek Wood tied the game, however, as the Lady War Eagles built a 20-12 lead in the first half off an 8 point quarter from Brittany Crosby, and never looked back. Sycamore led 20-17 at the halftime break after CWHS made a late run with a McKenzie Broadway three, but with 4 fouls on leading scorer McKenzie Haislip early in the second, the Lady Red Hawk offense struggled to find much life.

Broadway found another longball and a basket in the third, but Taylor Binkley added 7 of her own to help Sycamore hold back Creek Wood 13-9 in the third, and talented post Crosby struck for 4 more points in the fourth to help the Lady War Eagles turn away any late rallies. The visitors from Pleasant View needed every point in the final frame, however, as Broadway struck from downtown again, Haislip added 6 points despite her foul trouble, and Caroline Edmondson chipped in 6 more off the bench. Caity Denney would give the Lady War Eagles 6 points of her own off the Sycamore bench, and starter Colby Hunter broke through with 7 fourth quarter points to make the fourth a 17-17 wash, and Sycamore held off the Creek Wood rally 50-43.

Crosby would finish with a game-high 18, Hunter 15, Denney 10, and Binkley 7 for the visitors. Haislip would lead Creek Wood with 14 points despite missing about a third of the game due to her four fouls, but Broadway earned MVP honors for her 11 points and 3 threes, all scored after the first quarter when the Lady Red Hawks were looking for another scorer. All six players who got into the game for CWHS scored, but no one else had more than 6 points in the loss.

The Creek Wood boys had an interesting test in their battle against the Sycamore War Eagles. The visitors were a much bigger team, content with playing zone defense and a half-court attack, while the homestanding Red Hawks were very, very sick. While the Red Hawks recently got Isaac Edmondson back from a leg injury and ultimately had 6 starters for 5 spots, Creek Wood was without 2 of the 5 due to illness. Easton Aldridge was home due to a stomach flu, and Tyler Turpin was unable to answer the call and was in the stands. This meant that CWHS was down at least two players, and started freshman Coulter Dotson alongside three juniors and the senior Edmondson.

In the end, it was all much ado about nothing. Even with a short bench and a couple of junior varsity call-ups, the Red Hawks won every quarter by 6 points or more, and coasted to an 86-50 victory. The bigger, more physical War Eagles couldn’t keep up with Creek Wood’s speed, shooting, and graceful youth, as CWHS raced to a 24-13 lead after one quarter of play. The suffocating Red Hawk defensive pressure in the second quarter allowed just 5 made baskets and no threes, while Ross Cummings added to a 10 point first with a 7 point second, Chico Plunkett netted 5, and Edmondson 5 as well. Creek Wood led 49-27 at the break, then had 6 players score in the third to turn back any Sycamore rally 18-12 for a 67-39 lead. The lead hovered around 30 for a while, before the Red Hawks squeaked ahead by 36 and triggered the mercy rule and the running clock. a 19-9 fourth finished off the visitors, and kept Creek Wood undefeated.

Seven War Eagles scored, led by Matt Brown’s impressive 21 points and Landon Hogan’s 15; after them, however, no other Sycamore player managed more than 4 points. On the other side, a total of 9 players scored for Creek Wood, led by MVP Ross Cummings with 25 points and 3 longballs. Ross “Chico” Plunkett and Edmondson had 13 each, Dotson 12, and Gabe Cummings 10.

With its December 18th game against Cheatham County cancelled, the Red Hawks and Lady Red Hawks can focus on their next matchup, Friday night at home against Camden. After that district game, the Creek Wood boys don’t play again until after New Year’s, but the girls travel to Sevierville for a tournament just after Christmas.

Much like in the earlier matchup in Columbia, the Dickson Middle School squads pulled away from Whitthorne in both games on Thursday night, winning in lopsided fashion in front of the home crowd in Dickson.

The Dickson Lady Dragon offense sputtered at first, but once it fired up there was no containing it. Raegan Purvine and Caty Roberts carried the load for Dickson as the Lady Dragons hammered the Lady Tigers 24-0 in the first quarter. Rolanda Edwards hit the front end of a one-and-one free throw opportunity in the second quarter, but missed the second toss, as a 15-1 second quarter put DMS up 39-1 at the half. Roberts and Purvine each had 10 in the first and 6 more in the second. With the mercy rule in effect in the second half, Dickson won the third 4-0 and the fourth 7-2 for a 50-3 win.

Purvine and Roberts finished with 16 points each as co-MVPs, though 8 players scored for Dickson. Edwards managed all 3 of her team’s points in the loss, and accounted for all but 1 of the points Whitthorne scored all year against the Lady Dragons.

The boys faced a tougher test from an athletic Tiger team that featured two new starters. Kody Pardue dominated the post with 10 points in the first quarter while Darian Burns poured in 4 as Dickson shouldered ahead of Whitthorne 16-7 after one. Things began to click in the second, however, as 7 more from Burns and 4 from Pardue helped a streaky Dragons squad to a 13-3 quarter and a 29-10 lead at the break. Dickson put the game away with a 13-0 third, as Burns and Jacob England each added 4 points while D. J. Stacy nailed a 3 and Pardue hit another bucket. Up 42-10, the Dragons continued to play down the bench, and after making a small run the Tigers did the same. Dickson won a close final frame 16-13, but owned the game 58-23.

Dickson was led by co-MVPs Pardue with 16 and Burns with 15. Stacy and reserve Junior Lewis each had 5 points, as 10 Dragons dented the scorebook. For the Tigers, a total of 7 players scored, led by Arcavius Goodman and Jay Davis with 5 points each and Ronnie Eggleton with 4.

Dickson received word late Thursday afternoon that West Middle School in Tullahoma was forced to cancel this Saturday’s game against DMS because they had too many games on the schedule. The 9-1 DMS squads travel to Charlotte on Monday night, a rematch against the school that gave the Dickson girls their only loss of the year.

The Red Hawks and Lady Red Hawks have a ridiculous amount of momentum early in the district slate. After torching Fairview and East Hickman on the road last week, Creek Wood hosted Waverly Central on Tuesday night, and the home side destroyed the visitors from Humphreys County in a decisive sweep.

The Creek Wood Lady Red Hawks started hot against an under-staffed Tigerettes team, not allowing a basket until just over 1:45 left in the first quarter, which CWHS owned 14-2. Star Hing had 10 points for Waverly Central in the second, but those were her only points in the game and Waverly’s only points in the frame; Creek Wood won the quarter 26-10 off the strength of 4 threes from McKenzie Haislip and 10 points from Brianna Spicer. Up 40-12 at the half, the Lady Red Hawks coasted to a win with an 8-6 third and a 6-0 fourth that featured a running clock and a host of junior varsity players. Creek Wood won 54-18, off the strength of Haislip’s 14 points and MVP Spicer’s 12, though 10 players scored for Creek Wood versus just 3 for the Tigerettes.

The Creek Wood boys entered the battle of the unbeatens well prepared, as they never trailed to Waverly Central though the game was tied 5-5 in the first. It took a while for the Red Hawks to find breathing room against the Tigers, as CWHS won the first quarter 19-14 in a game that was tightly officiated throughout. J’Honathan Smith went off for 13 points in the second, but so did Ross “Chico” Plunkett for Creek Wood, while Isaac Edmondson poured in 8 and Ross Cummings 7, leading to a 28-25 CWHS quarter and a 47-39 halftime lead.

The Red Hawks came out of the locker room on fire, and made the adjustments needed for the way the game was called; as a result, they won the third 22-11 and drained 4 threes, leading to a 69-50 advantage going into the final frame. A fast-paced Creek Wood attack grew the lead to 30, and it hovered around there for the rest of the game. A 30-21 fourth gave Creek Wood a decisive 99-71 win over their bitter District 11-AA rivals, and kept the Red Hawks perfect in the District Championship race.

Edmondson and Smith tied for the game high with 29 points each, but the supporting casts made the difference. Waverly got 11 points from Rhyse Randolph and 10 from Drew Damesworth, while the Red Hawks got 26 points and 4 threes from Plunkett and 24 points including 2 threes from Ross Cummings. Edmondson’s 29 points earned him MVP honors, as he scored 6 or more points in each quarter and managed a 3 as well, in his second start of the year.

Creek Wood hosts Sycamore for a non-district game on Friday night, the same team that handed Rachel Bell and the Lady Red Hawks their first loss last season.

The Lady Cougars extended their unbeaten steak to seven games on Tuesday night while the Cougars continued to struggle against Summit.

Peyton Grove scored 14 points to bring the Lady Cougars to a 58-43 victory over Summit. Grove paved the way for the Lady Cougars, making 50% (4-for-8) of her shots while also sinking 100% (6-for-6) of her free throws. Three other players also racked up double digit scores for the Lady Cougars; Lea Lea Carter put up 13 points, Emily Beard contributed 12 points and Lainey Reed scored 11 points.

The Cougars fell to Summit, 73-42, even with lone bright spot Tyreik Primm scoring 13 points. Fouls were a large part of this game with the Cougars racking up 22 fouls in total. Summit chipped in 17 of their own for a game total of 39 fouls. With the foul trouble Dickson was unable to establish a rhythm on offense with only Primm scoring in double figures. Meanwhile the Spartans’ John Carter got loose for 26 points and lead Summit to the win


The Creek Wood basketball squads are both playing at a very high level, as they swept the week with two more lopsided district wins against East Hickman on Friday night.

The Creek Wood girls opened up with a 21-12 lead over the Lady Eagles at the end of one. A lead that was as big as 10 got trimmed to 5 in the second quarter, but 10 points from McKenzie Broadway helped right the ship; the Lady Red Hawks won the frame 16-9 for a 37-21 halftime lead. Stifling Creek Wood defense ensured that East Hickman did not have a double digit quarter after the first, and the Lady Red Hawk offense took the third 12-6 and the fourth 11-8 for a commanding 60-35 win.

Six players scored for CWHS, all of them with 4 or more points, led by MVP McKenzie Haislip, who finished with 17 points and 4 threes. Broadway added 12 and Arizona Harper 11; each of them had 2 made threes. East Hickman managed 5 scorers, led by Tatum Gribbins with 14 points and Savannah Holt with 12 including 3 threes.

The Creek Wood boys ultimately mercy-ruled the Eagles, but the game lacked a lot of rhythm throughout. East was content to play a slower, more traditional game which frustrated the AAU-style, up-tempo way that Creek Wood prefers to play. The referees were also quite active, and East Hickman was in the shooting bonus for more than 8 minutes each half.

Isaac Edmondson made his first start since injuring his leg in football season, but the team didn’t gel early and Coach Charles Taylor pulled him for Easton Aldridge. CWHS got out to a 17-10 lead after one, then began to find spacing and rhythm in a 24-8 second quarter. Up 41-18 at the break, the Red Hawks had to weather one more run from East in the third; a solid 10 points from Edmondson keyed a 23-14 Creek Wood quarter that saw 6 Eagles score–but none of them had more than one field goal in the third. The Red Hawks led 64-32 entering the fourth, and another Red Hawk run got the margin to 35 and triggered the mercy rule. Both sides played down the benches, and CWHS took the final stanza 22-11 for an 86-43 win on the road.

Ross Cummings continued his red hot play as of late with a game-high 18 points, but Ross “Chico” Plunkett got the MVP with his second-best 13, tied with Edmondson. Plunkett had 11 of his 13 in the first half, including 6 of the Red Hawks’ first 17 and added 5 points and a three during the second quarter when Creek Wood took over. Coulter Dotson came off the bench for 10 points including a 3 as 10 of the 13 Red Hawks who dressed out and played scored. For East Hickman, 9 players scored but none in double digits; Cole Keller and Dylan Jenkins led the way with 7 each, while Brandon Shrewsbury, Dylan Jones, and Ethan Keller each had 6.

Creek Wood hosts Waverly on Tuesday night, with J’Honathyn Smith and Rhyse Randolph bringing their high powered offense to Charlotte, before former District foe Sycamore returns to the North End on Friday night.

DMS Sweeps at USN

The Dickson Middle School basketball road trip to Nashville was a productive one on Tuesday night. The DMS Lady Dragons knocked off University School of Nashville 37-26, while the DMS boys beat USN 47-30. With the sweep, both DMS teams improved to 7-1 on the season.

Creek Wood made quick work of Fairview in a District 11-AA road doubleheader on Tuesday night. The Lady Red Hawks upended Fairview 67-25, then the Creek Wood boys blasted the Yellow Jackets 95-39 to get the sweep.

The Creek Wood girls won every quarter by 4 or more points, including an 18-3 first quarter and a 17-0 fourth. The Lady Red Hawks took over early, leading 36-17 at the half, and 10 players scored for the visitors. Brianna Spicer netted a game-high 15 points and the MVP award in the win while McKenzie Haislip added 13 and Caroline Edmondson 9. Jessie Mangrum was the only Lady Jacket in double figures with 10 points, all scored in the first half.

The Red Hawk boys raced out to an early lead, but had to endure a rally late in the first and led 21-14 after one. A 28-3 second quarter and a 29-11 third put the game away for Creek Wood, which won every quarter by 6 or more. The Red Hawk defense allowed 9 scorers, but none of them in double digits; Graham Estes led the way with 9, while fellow senior Cameron Ragsdale added 8. Creek Wood got all 13 players into the game, and 10 of them scored. The Red Hawks were led by MVP Isaac Edmondson who came off the bench in his first game back from a leg injury to score 24 points. Ross Cummings added 18 including two second quarter slam dunks, and freshman Coulter Dotson poured in 16 points.

Creek Wood visits District foe East Hickman on Friday night.