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Lady Cougars Stay Unbeaten, Cougars Skid Continues

The Lady Cougars 16-2(5-0) made quick work of Independence on Tuesday night with a 64-30 win. After winning the tip, Lainey Reed hit a three point shot in the first 30 seconds to put Dickson up for good 3-0. From there the landslide continued. The Lady Cougars stormed out to a 26-6 first quarter lead. A 25-7 second quarter extended the lead to 51-13 at the half and it was reserve time for most of the second half for Dickson. Leading 61-26 going into the final eight minutes the Lady Cougars were well in control but with the bench emptied the scoring slowed to a crawl. Baker Sensing hit a three with less than a minutes remaining in the game for the only Dickson points of the fourth quarter. Emily Beard and Lea Lea Carter each had 17 points, Carter added 13 rebounds for another double- double.

The Cougars 8-9(1-4) had a similar results but for the other team. Independence lit up Dickson County High School gym Tuesday evening, shooting 53% from the floor and 47% from three points range. Dickson kept it close early, trailing 14-5 after the first quarter but in the second the scorers started to heat up. Grayson Murphy had eight points in the quarter for the Eagles, who blew the game open with a 27 point frame and led Dickson 41-16 at the break. The Cougars came out swinging in the third. Dickson put together an 8-4 run to start the half and trimmed the lead to 45-24 but the Eagle flexed their muscles again to extend to lead to 29, 58-29 heading into the final quarter. Both teams went deep on their benches in the fourth and played out the string to the tune of a 74-41 final. Dickson was led by Tez Coleman with a 10 points, no other Cougar had double figures. Independence got balanced scoring from their district front runners; Grayson Murphy had 16, Corbin Daughterty had 14, and Pierre Watkins chipped in 12 for the Eagles.

Both teams get set to wrap up their first trip through District 11-AAA on Friday when they host Brentwood.

Double OT Thriller Breaks Cougars Hearts

The Lady Cougars 15-2(4-0) never gave Waverly a chance on Saturday night. Playing their third game in five days Dickson wanted things over early and got their wish leading 15-5 after the first quarter. In the second the Lady Cougars allowed only three points and built a 31-8 lead going in to the second half. Looking to rest his starters Coach Greg Tipps rotated lineups for some unique looks in the second half. Despite the changes Dickson continues to pull away in the third 16-10 and played even in the fourth quarter for a 53-24 final. Emily Beard still managed to score 19 points even with the limited minutes. No other Lady Cougar was in double figures but eight players scored on the night.

The Cougars got themselves into am old fashioned barn burner on Saturday night. Once again Dickson got out to a strong start and lead 13-11 after the first quarter. Jordan Hughey hit the first shot of the second to tie things up and the see-saw battle was just getting started. After Waverly heated up in the second the Cougars need a later Walker Purvine three pointer to prevent a bigger hole but still trailed 27-23 at the half. The Tigers spread the gap with a 10-8 third quarter but Dickson cranked up their defense in the fourth quarter. The Cougars allowed just one made basket in the fourth quarter but could not secure the win in regulation. With 4:01 to go in the game a Hunter Wolcott three point play tied the game up at 40, neither team would score again. Waverly tried to hold for the final minute and a half but a steal by Darian Burns led to two layup looks for Dickson that were not converted. After Waverly failed on their final shot as well the teams headed to overtime. Content to shorten the game Tez  Coleman made a pair of free throws and Waverly tied it back up with a Jemykal Smith two point shot. Those were the only points of the bonus four minutes. Smith’s half court heave at the end of the period fell short but controversy ensued when Coach Trotter argued the shot was tipped. Originally Dickson was set to get the ball back with one second after time was added to the clock. At Coach Trotter’s pleading the officials got together and awarded Waverly the ball. Another last second three point attempt fell short and the teams prepped for another period. Dickson built a 47-44 lead following Purvine’s three. In control the Cougars needed to hit their free throws to win. After a Tiger basket, Hunter Wolcott missed a pair of free throws and Taylor Rudolph hit the game winner putting Waverly up 48-47 with 4.5 seconds left. Purvine got a look on a set play for a buzz beating three but it rimmed out. Dickson was led by Wolcott with 19 points, Purvine had 12, and Coleman added 10 points.

Dickson heads back to district play on Tuesday against Independence at 6pm

Another Split for DC

The Lady Cougars 14-2(4-0) got another solid test in 11-AAA action on Friday night. Ravenwood came calling and seemed like they would fade early, trailing 24-9 after a hot first quarter by Dickson. An 8-0 run by the Lady Raptors to start the second quarter quickly tightened things up. An Emily Beard layup and a pair a of Kailey Rosenbaum free throws allowed Ravenwood to trail by seven, 28-21, at the half. The Lady Cougars boosted the lead in the third quarter, outscoring Ravenwood 12-7 but the real damage came in the fourth quarter. Leading 40-28, Dickson hit four three pointers, three by Beard, in the final 8 minutes, running their final lead out to 59-40 and moving to 4-0 in the district. Beard lead Dickson County with 20 points, Rosenbaum chipped in 15, and Lainey Reed quietly had 11 points on the night.

The Cougars 8-7(1-3) again struggled in district play. The Cougars lead by four early but a Ravenwood three just before the end of the first quarter pushed them ahead 12-9 after one quarter. The gap opened in the second quarter, the Raptors rattled off  straight points to start the period before Tez Coleman hit a three pointer to stop the bleeding momentarily. Coleman knocked down another three to end the half after a Ravenwood 6-0 run and the Cougars trailed 30-15 at the break. Dickson jumped out to a 6-0 run to start the third quarter and trimmed the lead to 30-21. Ravenwood responded with authority, not allowing another point in the quarter and rebuilding their lead to 22, 43-21 after three quarters. In the fourth, Dickson again tried to make a run at the Raptors. A 9-4 start to the quarter had Dickson down 47-30 but that’s as close and Dickson would get, falling 53-36 in the end. Coleman led the Cougars with 14 points, Hunter Wolcott had 13, while no other Dickson player had more than 3 on the night.

Mixed Results for DC at Centennial

The Lady Cougars (13-2,3-0) took on a much improved Centennial (10-2,1-2) squad on Tuesday night and managed to outlast the “other” Lady Cougars 60-49 on the road. Dickson struggled early with the high energy of Centennial and their crowd. After Lea Lea Carter tied the game at 10 with a three pointer, Centennial went on a 9-2 run to end the quarter. After LaShaudra Hammond hit the first shot of the second quarter, Coach Greg Tipps made a line up adjust. The Lady Cougars sent out Cierra Smith, Lainey Reed, Ryann Roberts, Reagan Purvine, and Lea Lea Carter. With Carter at the center position Centennial was forced to defend her with a “big” and Carter’s athleticism lead to six quick points. Moments later Reed gave the Lady Cougars a 24-23. After building a five point edge in the second, turnovers allowed Centennial to tie things up at 30 heading into the half.

In the second half Dickson’s depth start to show. The Lady Cougars fell behind 39-32 early in the third but rattled off seven unanswered and went to the fourth quarter tied up at 39. Centennial kept things close in the fourth until an 11-0 run by Dickson, 9 of which belonged to Emily Beard, put the Lady Cougars comfortably in front on their way to the 60-49 final. Shantelle Flye had 17 points for Centennial while Ashland Hardin came off the bench for 14. Dickson was led by Carter who had 19, Beard and Kailey Rosenbaum both had 12 and Lainey Reed added 11 points on the night.

The Cougars (9-5,1-2) dealt with a similar game but a different result as they fell to Centennial (10-5,2-1) 66-46. Dickson was fighting for a spot at the top of the district and seemed on the verge of stealing one on the road. KJ Lesure had the final four points of the first quarter to put Centennial up 13-9. In the second, the hot shooting of Dickson County gave them the lead 22-20 on a Darian Burns three pointer. Hunter Wolcott and Tez Coleman hit back to back shot to give Dickson a three point edge just before the half, 26-23 but Coleman picked up his third foul as time expired and Lesure knocked down all three of his free throws to tied it up at 26 at the half.

In the third quarter Centennial built a six point lead but Dickson trimmed it to 41-37 before the final frame. The last eight minutes would prove heartbreaking for the Cougars.  Jacob Murphree hit a three with nearly seven minutes remaining to cut the lead to 40-41 and then the dam broke. Lesure sparked a 17-0 run by Centennial that the Cougars couldn’t answer down the stretch. Tuirnovers were a key for the Cougars as they gave the ball away 19 times on the night. Tez Coleman led Dickson with 15 points and Hunter Wolcott added 10 but Lesure was the star of the night with 27 points for Centennial, Kennedy Watkins added 15 off the bench.

Dickson County in the Above the Rim Christmas Tournament

Day 1

Dickson County girls beat Marshall County 84-24 in the Above the Rim Christmas Classic in Hickman County. The Lady Cougars never allowed more than 9 points in any single quarter as they dominated the Lady Tigers from start to finish. Dickson ended the first quarter on a 19-0 run and led 25-4 after eight minutes. Transition baskets and a fast pace let the Lady Cougars go on 9-0 and 8-0 runs in the second quarter, and further grow their lead to 46-13 at the half. In the second half, the starters were able to rest and the bench continued to run out the lead through the final 16 minutes. Beard had 23 points for Dickson and Carter had a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds, 10 Lady Cougars scored in total. The 84 points was the highest point total by the Lady Cougars since the 20011-12 season when they topped Clarksville  Northeast 87-55, during Carter’s 8th grade year. The win advances Dickson on to play Spring Hill on Tuesday at 7pm. Spring Hill topped the host team, Hickman County, 62-28 on day one to advance to the semifinals against Dickson, it was the first win of the season for the Lady Raiders.
The Dickson County boys faced a tougher test but hung on to beat Wilson Central 65-55, also in the Above the Rim Christmas Classic.  Tez Coleman hit a three nearing the end of the first quarter to give Dickson the lead. After a single free throw for each team the Cougars held on to lead 13-12 at the end of the quarter.  Back to back Walker Purvine three pointers to start the second quarter, allowed Dickson to open up a seven point advantage.  The Wildcats refused to go away a Dennis Stallings two point shot cut the lead to 21-18 but Darian Burns and Hunter Wolcott combined for the final five points of the quarter to give Dickson the lead at the half 26-18. In the second half Wilson Central switched to a full court press defense and the Cougars struggled to regain their rhythm. A pair of Purvine threes, six points for Hunter Wolcott, and a Jacob Murphree three, was all the scoring for the Cougars in the third period but it was enough to hold on to a 41-37 lead heading into the fourth quarter. In the final eight minutes, offense took over for both teams. After Wilson Central cut the lead to 41-39 with a Blake Meadors basket, the Cougars answered back with back to back shots by Wolcott and Murphree to push ahead by six, 45-39. Moments later, a Murphree miss lead to a foul by Adam Williams, followed by a technical foul on an aggressive shove by Williams. Coleman knocked down the technical free throws and then hit a three on the ensuing possession. Purvine followed with another three and the Cougars were comfortably in control up 53-41.  Wilson Central closed the gap to just five points with 55 seconds left but good free throw shooting kept Dickson in front for the 65-55 win. Purvine led all scorers with 18 points, Hunter Wolcott had a 17 point, 12 rebounds double-double and Tez Coleman also had a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds. Dickson faces Marshall County for the second time in seven days after the Tigers topped host school Hickman County 57-43 Monday night. The Cougars topped Marshall County 47-33 last Tuesday in Columbia.
Day 2
For the second year in a row, the Lady Cougars advanced to the championship game of the Above the Rim Christmas Invitational, this year with a 71-25 blowout over Spring Hill. Yasmine Daniel jumped Dickson off with quick to baskets in the first quarter which sparked a 19-8 run that seemingly put the game out of reach before halftime. Lea Lea Carter and Emily Beard powered the Lady Cougars to a 26-4 second quarter and a 45-12 halftime lead. With Dickson on pace for 90 points and a huge win, Coach Greg Tipps used his bench liberally in the second half. The Lady Cougars stayed strong in the final two periods and for the second straight game, did not allowed their opponent to score in double figures in any quarter. Carter and Beard led the Dickson with 14 points apiece and Kailey Rosenbaum had a strong game with 13 points. The win advanced the Lady Cougars on to play Brentwood Academy in the championship game on Wednesday at 7pm.
The Cougars appeared poised for a championship run after Monday’s win over Wilson Central but Marshall County had other thoughts. The two teams were playing for the second time in seven days when they met in the Above the Rim Christmas Invitational on Tuesday. Evenly matched again the teams played to a 12-12 tie at the end of the first and a 25-25 tie at the half. In the third quarter, things changed drastically. After a 4-0 run by Marshall County to start the half, Hunter Wolcott missed the only shot Dickson County would get for the entire period. After moving ahead 31-25 Marshall County proceeded to hold the ball with more than four minutes remaining in the quarter. Dickson, caught off guard by the offensive switch, could only watch as the Tigers evaded the defense and passed the ball around the court along the perimeter. With no way to call timeout, Coach Jason Tigert was hard pressed to find a response. When the Cougars finally began to double team and try to create turnovers the Tigers passed up open layups to reset their offense and continue to hold. Marshall County would score five more points in the third and led 36-25 heading into the fourth. After the quarter break, Coach Tigert devised and answer to the Tigers ‘holding pattern.’ Wolcott drew the Cougars within five points, 39-34, with time running out but hit their free throws and hung on to win 47-36, advancing to face Rossview in the finals. Dickson was led by Wolcott who had 18 points, Walker Purvine, the team’s second leading scorer, was limited to just one shot in the game.
Day 3
Dickson County’s bid for back to back Above the Rim Christmas Invitational championship was cut down on Wednesday, 60-43, by a wildly talent Brentwood Academy team. Early on Kailey Rosenbaum took over the game. With no one on the Lady Eagles team seemingly capable of defend her, Rosenbaum pumped in eight of the Lady Cougars 13 first quarter points. With a 13-12 edge through the first period, Dickson seemed on pace for another win but Brentwood Academy had other thoughts. In the first four minutes of the second quarter the two team see-sawed back and forth but down the stretch of the first half the Lady Eagles built a six point lead and had a 32-27 advantage heading into the half. Out of the locker room, Brentwood Academy built their lead to 10 with a 5-0 run. The Lady Cougars tried to fight back but the Lady Eagles stopped every run in the third and led 48-38 with 8 minutes remaining. A 6-0 run to start the fourth ballooned the lead to 54-38 and put the championship out of reach for the Lady Cougars. Dickson was led by Kailey Rosenbaum who had 16 points and missed only one shot all night, no other Lady Cougar was in double figures for the game. Brentwood Academy was led by Mak Wilson with 16, Bre Jackson with 15, and Sydni Karray who had 11 points.


Coming off the disappointing loss to Marshall County, the Cougars found themselves disinterested in Wednesday’s third place game. That was not the case for Dickson County, who took home a hard fought 62-57 win over BGA. Dickson fell behind big early, trailing 13-2 midway through the first quarter but Hunter Wolcott helped the Cougars fight back to a 20-15 deficit after eight minutes. A slow start to the second quarter by BGA seemed to steady the Cougars, who tied the game at 22 on a Tez Coleman two point shot late in the first half. BGA regained the lead 24-22 on a shot by Campbell Parker but Darian Burns tied things back up just before halftime to send the teams to the locker room deadlocked. The Cougars fell behind 36-28 in the third and BGA held on to an eight point edge until Walker Purvine knocked down a three, followed by a Jacob Murphree steal and layup to end the quarter trailing 43-40. BGA maintained a five point advantage for the first few minutes of the fourth until Dickson took their first lead of the night on back to back three by Purvine and Murphree. Murphree’s layup seconds later plus three straight baskets by David Rubio let Dickson build a seven point lead in the final two minutes and the Cougar held on for the win. Hunter Wolcott had 24 points to lead all scorers, Purvine added 12 and five Cougars scored in total.


Dickson County is next in action after New Year’s on January 5th at Centennial.

Cougars Pull Away Late Against Marshall County

For the second night in a row the Cougars wore down there opponent and got a win, 49-33 over Marshall County. Coach Jason Tigert had his team ready to go as he faced his old team for the first time since coming to Dickson County in 2011. The Tigers started the night flat offensively which allowed Dickson to open the game up 7-0 and force a quick timeout. Dickson Pisces the lead to 11-2 but the final four points of the quarter went to Marshall County. In the second quarter, the Cougars again built a nine point lead, 18-9, but the Tigers switched to a full court press and wore Dickson down late in the half. The press sparked a 14-4 run for Marshall County to close out the second quarter. The run put Dickson behind for the first time all night 24-23, at the half. Dickson responded out of the locker room with a 14-5 third quarter. The Cougars got point from five players as they opened up a seven point lead headed into the final quarter. The Tigers surrendered a quick 8-0 to Dickson and turned to desperation threes early in the fourth quarter. One three point basket was all the Tigers could muster and even though Dickson went scoreless for the final 4:30 as well, the Cougars were able to hang on 47-33. Hunter Wolcott led the Cougars with a 23 point, 10 rebound double-double, and Walker Purvine added 12 points, no other Cougar had more than three.

Next up for the Cougars, Wilson Central in Hickman County on December 28th at the Above the Rim Christmas Tournament.

Tigers Prove No Match for Cougars

Dickson County defended the home floor on Saturday night as Waverly came calling. December Saturday night basketball is a tradition for Waverly and Dickson County but Saturday night’s game lacked the luster of previous matchups.

The Lady Cougars (9-1,2-0) ran away and hid from Waverly in the first minutes of the game. Dickson started with two baskets apiece by Lea Lea Carter and Kailey Rosenbaum, giving Lady Cougar fans a prelude to a huge night for their team. Carter scored the final points of the first quarter to give Dickson a 29-9 edge but the offensive was hardly done. Even with liberal rotations, the Lady Cougars pushed the lead to 49-17 at the half and continues to pour it on in the second on the way to a 72-35 rout of the Tigerettes. Dickson County got 13 Lady Cougars on the floor, 8 of them scored, and 4 were in double figures. Rosenbaum led the way with 16, Carter had 15, Emily Beard added 14, giving her double figures in every game this season, and Ryan Roberts tallied 10 points off the bench.

The Cougars (4-3,1-1) had a tougher road but managed a win in front of a huge early season crowd. Things started off slow with Dickson leading 8-6 after the first 8 minutes but the Cougar heated up fast in the second quarter. Walker Purvine continued his hot shooting in Dickson County’s gym. In the second quarter he knocked down three three pointers, part of a 17-3 second quarter that let the Cougars build a 25-9 lead heading into the half. Once again the offense went missing in the third quarter and Waverly gained little ground in an 11-10 quarter. The final eight minutes turned out to be a dandy. The Tigers rallied on a 13-3 run to start the quarter and erased the Cougars lead quickly. Jemykal Smith used his second putback attempt to make it 42-37.After a Dickson turnover, Campbell Spencer missed a thre pointer, the long rebound was tracked down by Hunter Wolcott. Wolcott saw the runout as a chance for an emphatic dunk but Spencer intentionally fouled Wolcott, who made the dunk, and hit the free throw to effectively seal the win for Dickson. Waverly got a three and cut it to a one possession game but couldn’t catch up to the Cougars to could them in the final minute and Dickson got a layup from Wolcott to end the game 45-40. Wolcott led the Cougars with 16 and Purvine had 15 points on five made three pointers.

Next up for the Cougars and Lady Cougars, Rossview comes calling on Thursday night at 6pm. The girls game will be a rematch of last year’s substate game that vaulted the Lady Cougars to the state tournament.

Dc Splits on the Road at Franklin

Dickson County traveled back down Highway 96 for the third time this season on Friday. Unlike their previous two trips, there was no sweep in store for the Cougars.

Lea Lea Carter scored 24 points to propel the Lady Cougars (8-1,2-0) to a 59-42 victory over Franklin. Dickson dominated from the word go; jumping out to a 16-10 lead in the first quarter and pushing it to 31-19at the half.  The Lady Cougars road strong defense to pull away throughout the night. They out rebounded the Lady Rebels 36-16 , including 14 offensive rebounds that led to 17 second chance points. That strong defense allowed Dickson to push the lead to 49-31 at the end of the third quarter and coast to the finish line in the final eight minutes. Holly Harris led Franklin with 15 points and Abby Unger added 10 but the stellar defense of Reagan Purvine held senior Jodi Hill to just 9 points. Dickson was led by Carter’s 24 points and 11 rebounds, Emily Beard had an off night offensively but still found a way to score 15 points to aid the Lady Cougars.

The Cougars (3-3,1-1) took early control against the Rebels. After trailing 11-8 midway through the first quarter Dickson went on a 9-0 run to end the quarter with a 17-11 lead and seemingly in control. In the second quarter the Rebels knotted it up at 21 but Dickson regained the lead and headed into the half up 27-25. Out of the break momentum seemed to be in the Cougars favor, but a see-saw battle ensued in the first four minutes of the second half. At the midway point, Hunter Wolcott was called for a charge, followed on possession later by an offensive foul by Darian Burns. Both fouls were highly suspect and in the quarter fouls went in favor of the Rebels 8-2 giving Franklin a strategic edge. Trailing 42-38 and with their opponent already in the bonus, Dickson started the fourth quarter in need of an offensive outburst. Chris Demoss hit a three point to tie things up at 43 and Darian Burns broke the tie with a free throw to make it 44-43 with less than 4 minutes remaining. Following a three point trip by the Rebels, Burns tied the game again at 46-46 with a tough layup but that was the last time Dickson would light the scoreboard as Franklin pulled away with clutch free throw shooting. The Cougars got a couple of looks from three point range late but couldn’t tie things up and fell 50-46 in a tough fought district matchup. Wolcott lead the Cougars with 18 points and 7 rebounds while Tez Coleman added 11 points.

Dickson’s next district matchup will have to wait for the New Year when they travel to Centennial on January 5th.

DC Tops Summit

Dickson County pulled off a shocking sweep of Summit Tuesday night.

The Lady Cougars 7-1(1-0) surprised fans by struggling with the Lady Spartans for three quarter before pulling away to a 52-33 win, in the last 8 minutes. Lea Lea Carter led all scorers with 28 points but was two rebounds short of a fifth consecutive double-double, Emolly Beard added 17 and has been in double figures in every game this season.

The Cougars, 3-2(1-0) stunned district foe Summit with a tough fought win 55-51 at home. Walker Purvine led Dickson with 17 points, Trey Weidman had a career high 15, and Hunter Wolcott added 10 for the Cougars.

Check back tomorrow for more details on the victories.

Dickson Splits At Harpeth

The Lady Cougars (6-1) topped Harpeth 67-24 on Friday night. Dickson never trailed and glided to the victory with ease. Led by a three headed monster of Kailey Rosenbaum, Lea Lea Carter, and Emily Bears, the Lady Couagrs jumped out to a 22-7 lead in the first eight minutes. Dickson held the Lady Indians scoreless in the second quarter as they put on a defensive clinic to extend their halftime lead to 43-7. The third quarter was more of the same and by the time the fourth quarter arrived Coach Greg Tipps had cleared his bench on the way to the 43 point rout. Rosenbaum led all scorers with 22 points, Beard added 11, and Carter secured another double-double with 13 points and 13 rebounds for the Lady Cougars.

For the second straight year, the Cougars traveled to Harpeth and took a lead into halftime and for the second straight year they left with a loss, falling 41-37 in overtime. The first half was a defensive clinic for the Cougars as they built an eight point lead before the break, leading 16-8. In the second half, the Indians found a groove, behind TC Newton, and trimmed the lead away in the first 3 minutes of the third. Dickson built back a four point lead and led by three going in to the final quarter up 26-23. In the fourth, Harpeth tied things up off a missed Walker Purvine three pointer. Zane Hutton knocked down a three of his own to know things at 30 each. After Devin Copeland put the Indian up 32-30, Trey Weidman nailed a pair of free throws to tie the game at 32. A Tez Coleman three pointer put Dickson of 35-32 with time winding down but Jake Gibbs responded with a three of his own to tie it back up. Harpeth attempted to hold the ball for the final minute or so but Gibbs turned the ball over with a travel with 5.4 seconds remaining. Dickson used a full court pass to set up Hunter Wolcott from the short right corner but neither his shot or a Darian Burns follow would fall. In overtime, Burns had the only Cougar points as Harpeth pulled away to the 41-37 win. Wolcott led the Cougars with 10 points and was the only Dickson played in double figures.

The Cougars and Lady Cougars head into District 11AAA play on Tuesday when they welcome Summit for the first DCHS home game of the season. Fans can expect some changes to the gym including a new location for the student section and baseline benches for the teams.