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Dickson Middle Finds Redemption in Charlotte

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.

Charlotte Hands Lady Dragons First Loss; DMS Boys Roll

The Dragons and Tigers renewed their iconic, decades-long rivalry on Monday night in Dickson, as the two schools squared off in a middle school basketball doubleheader. The two games had extremely different results, however; the Charlotte Lady Tigers handed Dickson Middle its first loss of the year in girls’ basketball, while the DMS boys blew out the Tigers in a game that featured a running clock in the second half.

A slow start tripped up the Lady Dragons, as a Ryann Roberts basket was Dickson’s only first-quarter offense. Three players scored for the Lady Tigers in an 8-2 first, but Roberts and the Lady Dragons surged back with a 17-9 second quarter. Raegan Purvine poured in nine points in the frame, including a bucket with 32 seconds left to give DMS its first lead of the game, and Dickson led 19-17 at the half.

Charlotte again spread the offense around in the third as three Lady Tigers scored, but a Purvine bucket was the only answer Dickson had in another 8-2 Charlotte frame. Down 25-21 going into the fourth, the Lady Dragons managed a three from Roberts, but otherwise the DMS offense ran through Purvine. She managed 6 points in the fourth and 8 of the team’s 11 second-half points, but the Lady Tigers increased their lead with an 11-9 fourth, hanging on for a 36-30 win.

Purvine earned MVP honors with 17 points, while Ryann Roberts had 8 points and Caty Roberts 5. Raegan Hohl led the Lady Tigers with 13 points, while Madison Hayes and Allie Burgess chipped in 10 points. Autumn Burgess added 3 points in the CMS win.

The Dickson boys, on the other hand, rocked the Tigers with a 31-0 lead at the end of the first quarter. Chase Edmisson managed a game-high 12 points and 2 threes in the first quarter alone, while MVP Darian Burns added 9 and at least 3 assists. As the second and third team filtered through, Dickson took the second quarter 9-7, with Jacob England supplying a free throw and a three and Cade Purvine adding another longball; Charlotte dented the scoreboard about a minute into the second quarter. Leading 40-7 at the break, Dickson ran the starters back through for a few minutes, with Kody Pardue adding 4 more points to ensure the mercy rule kept the clock moving, then the game proceeded as more of a junior varsity finish. Dickson took the third 5-2, but in the waning seconds of the fourth Charlotte got a special moment. Fifteenth-man Austin Lee got into the game, and the eighth grader got to drain a three for the final points of the game. Charlotte took the fourth 5-4, but Dickson won the game 49-14.

All five starters tallied for DMS, and nine players in all, led by Edmisson’s 12, Burns’ 9, and Pardue’s 8. Jacob England added 7 points in relief. Charlotte had four players score in the game–James Daugherty led the way with 6 points, while J. J. Higgins and Lee each had 3 and Hunter Plaster came off the bench for 2 points.

Dickson will be without a game for 8 days, before hosting the Siegel Middle Cavaliers from the north side of Murfreesboro the Tuesday before Thanksgiving.

DMS Squads Destroy Whitthorne

The Dickson Middle School varsity basketball teams had a bit of difficulty finding the Whitthorne Middle School campus on Thursday night. A GPS search would send a person to the mailing address, at the back of the school and the front of nearby Columbia Central High School, instead of the physical address on another street.

Other than that and an egregious amount of fouls, Dickson would have no trouble with its trip to Columbia as both squads rolled to lopsided wins.

The Lady Dragons rolled to a 27-0 lead at the end of the first, buoyed by 12 points from Ryann Roberts and 9 from Raegan Purvine, and Dickson cruised to a 42-2 win over Whitthorne in the opener. A lone free throw from Rolanda Edwards with just a couple of minutes left in the first half put the Lady Tigers on the board, and another by Maddie Fraser late in the half would wrap up the scoring for the home side. The DMS defense would shut out the Lady Tigers in the first, third, and fourth, and would not allow a single made field goal in the 42-2 rout; after a 35-2 halftime lead, the Lady Dragons would score again in the third to trigger the mercy rule, and would manage 5 points in the third and two in the fourth in the win. Game MVP Roberts would finish with 14 points, while Purvine would be the only other player in the game in double figures with 12.

The boys’ game was marred by a constant stream of fouls throughout that slowed down play to a crawl, and affected play by not only taking out several key players for both sides but also potentially causing more fouls as young players were forced to think too much instead of reacting. All of the fouls detracted from the solid performance by the Dragons, who owned every quarter but the fourth offensively.

Darian Burns was limited early, as his up-tempo, physical style of play led to three quick fouls in the first quarter, and extended time on the bench. In his stead, Chase Edmisson stepped up with 11 points in the first quarter alone, including 2 threes and an and-one conversion as DMS won the frame 21-9. Whitthorne big man Bruce Mangrum chipped in 5 points in the first, but foul trouble trimmed his minutes and his effectiveness until the fourth quarter as well. Kody Pardue overcame early issues to carry the Dragons in the second quarter, coming alive on the post and netting 10 of his 12 points in the 20-7 second quarter as Dickson led 41-16 at the break.

Dickson did its heavy lifting in the middle quarters, not allowing a field goal in the second before shutting out the Tigers 15-0 in the third. Normally with the score 56-16 after three with the mercy rule already in effect both teams would empty the benches, but considering the foul situation most of the reserves had already logged consistent minutes, and for Whitthorne their bench only consisted of 4 members. By re-inserting their embattled center Mangrum and finding some success with other players like fellow starter Arcavius Goodman against second and third team defensive units for the Dragons, Columbia-Whitthorne had an impressive 9-0 run to close out the contest, but Dickson won the day 56-25.

Goodman was the only Tiger in double figures with 11, while Mangrum finished with 11. Dickson had 8 players score a point in the game, led by Edmisson’s 14 points and Pardue’s 12. Ethan England and D. J. Stacy each added 7. Consequently only 3 of Dickson’s 14 players finished the game without a foul, while four players had 3 or more fouls on the night.

Dickson Middle hosts Murfreesboro-Oakland Tuesday night, while the Creek Wood Lady Red Hawks open their season Tuesday night at Father Ryan.

Also of note, the Charlotte Middle School girls bear Waverly Junior High 47-14 on Thursday night as well.