Photos: Marty Allison/DicksonSportsMedia
By: Lucas Panzica
SPRING HILL, TN – Both Dickson County basketball teams traveled to Spring Hill on Friday night to face the Raiders in the 2018 District 11 opener, and won convincingly enough for both coaches to go deep into their benches.
The Lady Cougars opened the night with a first quarter where they outscored the Lady Raiders 24-5, and never looked back en route to a 49-31 victory. Caty Roberts led the Lady Cougars in points with 11, and nearly got the double-double as she notched 9 steals as well.
Mikayla Smith added 9 points for Dickson County, on a night where Coach Erin Webb had the luxury of going deep into her bench, playing several freshmen and sophomores. That win gets the Lady Cougars to 4-2 overall, and 1-0 in district play as they gear up for the home opener against Brentwood on Tuesday night.
Coach Jason Tigert and the boys got off to a similar start, with a 7-0 early in the first quarter. The Cougars only led 26-22 at the halftime break, but exploded in the third quarter, outscoring the Raiders 24-2.
“The big thing is we’ve got to get consistent” said Tigert, “we played a great third period to really extend the lead, but we’ve got to find ways to be consistent throughout the game.
“It’s not that we played terrible by any stretch, but we weren’t running on all cylinders until that third period.”
Spring Hill played much better in the fourth quarter, putting up 13 points to match the Cougars’ 13, but it was not enough to make up for the deficit as Dickson County went on to win 63-37.
Jaden Davis led the Cougars in scoring for the second consecutive game with 12 points, and Tigert was able to go deep into his bench as well. Senior Darian Burns also got his first minutes of the season after missing the first six games with a knee injury, the returning starter had 2 points as he was eased into the lineup.
Next up, both teams face off against the defending region champion Brentwood Bruins on Tuesday night in the first home game of the 2018 season.