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.