Dickson County took a pair of losses Friday night at Rossview.
The Lady Cougars dropped their game 60-52 despite building an early lead. Hot shooting propelled a first half edge for Dickson. Back to back three by Cierra Smith built a 10-4 and Ryan Roberts closed out the quarter with a pair of free throws to extend the Lady Cougar lead to 17-10 after one.
In the second quarter, the Lady’s Hawks drew within four points but two free throws from Emily Beard and a jumper from Smith extended the lead out to 25-17 three minutes into the quarter. From there Rossview methodically wore down Dickson with four made threes down the stretch to close out the half leading 31-28.
Dickson battled back to tie the score at 35, 37, and 39 but Rossview was too much for the Lady Cougars. Karie Pace nailed a three half way through the fourth to put the Lady Hawks up eight but Dickson scrapped again to close the margin. After dealing with second half foul issues Kailey Rosenbaum checked in with less than four minutes to play. Her four fourth quarter points gave Dickson a shot but two turnovers and two missed shots in the final three minutes shut the door on any comeback hopes.
Beard led Dickson with 16 points and Kailey Rosenbaum added 13 in the loss.
The Cougars showed signs or brilliance but could not sustain it and fell 74-57 in their first game since November 16th.
Offensively, Dickson looked lightyears ahead of their 2015-16 selves but still came up short against an athlete Hawks team. After trailing 5-0 to start the game Tez Coleman sparked a rally for the Cougars. Noah Edmisson’s three before the end of the quarter trimmed the lead to 12-10.
Dickson dominated the second quarter, scoring the first eight points of the frame to build a 18-12 lead. Freshman DJ Stacey built the lead to 23-16 with his first three of the night but Rossview started to find their footing down the stretch of the second quarter. A 7-0 run would tie things up before Stacey slowed the bleeding with a second three pointer. From there Rossview rattled off 10 unanswered to end the half up 33-26.
Despite shooting 56% from three point range in the first half Dickson still trailed to start the third quarter. The Cougar fought back but could never regain the lead in the second half. Trey Weidman, Coleman, and Darian Burns each made plays to get the Cougars within two points but could not draw even.
The fourth quarter saw Rossview run away and hide eventually building a 20 point lead before settling on the final margin of 74-57.
Dickson shot 47% on the night from three point range, far better than their average from a season ago. Coleman had 14 points to lead Dickson while Burns added 10 of his own.
Next up for both squads, a Tuesday night tussle with Spring Hill, the home opener for Dickson, at 6pm.