By Lucas Panzica
DICKSON, TN – The Dickson County Lady Cougars returned home on Tuesday night to face the Page Lady Patriots. It was a game with three seniors signed to play college basketball, and it was a thriller from start to finish.
Both teams shot over 50 percent from the floor in the first half, and Dickson County took a 48-40 lead into the halftime break. The Lady Cougars hit a bit of a lull in the third quarter, only converting 3 of their 14 field goal attempts, to trail 57-56 into the final period.
In the last eight minutes, however, both teams turned on the offensive firepower. Page shot 78 percent from the floor, and was 4 for 5 from beyond the arc, but it was not enough to stop the surge from Dickson County junior Olivia Rinehart, who had 28 points. Rinehart scored the Lady Cougars’ last 13 points, powering their way to a 77-75 victory.
In what was a very even matchup, the biggest difference came in the turnover margin. Dickson County was able to force 24 turnovers, and score 26 points off of those possession changes. That outmatched the Lady Patriots, who scored 16 points off of 15 turnovers. Dickson County also saw another complete performance from junior Caty Roberts, who had 14 points, 4 rebounds, 6 assists, and 7 steals.
Senior post player Olivia Wilson had 17 points and 9 rebounds, but fouled out in the fourth quarter. Sophomore Delaney Noe led the Lady Patriots in scoring with 18 points, 12 of them coming from three-point land.
That win brings the Lady Cougars to 6-3 overall, and 3-1 in the district. Meanwhile, Page drops to 8-4, and picks up its first district loss, bringing that record to 3-1.
The boys’ teams picked up after the girls’ game, and it did not include as much scoring, as Dickson County took a 32-25 lead into halftime, and never looked back to win 69-53 in the Cougars’ first game without junior guard Cade Purvine.
Purvine injured a finger on his shooting hand in practice earlier in the week, but junior Luke Jenkins stepped up with 11 first half points to replace that production.
Kody Pardue was a driving force for Dickson County, with 22 points. Ben Cyphers led the Patriots, adding 20 points.
Jason Tigert and his Dickson County Cougars improve to 6-4 after the win, and 3-1 in District 11. The Patriots fall to 3-7, and 1-3 in the district.
Up next, both Dickson County teams step out of Class AAA to play Harpeth on the road on Friday. Page will return home for another district matchup with Spring Hill.