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.
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.
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.