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.