Photo: Marty Allison/ DicksonSportsMedia
By Lucas Panzica
LEBANON, TN – The Dickson County boys and girls basketball teams played a game apiece on Friday during the State Farm Thanksgiving Classic at Lebanon High School, with the Cougars beating Oakland and the Lady Cougars falling to Wilson Central.
It started at 10am with the boys team, and it was a sluggish start on both sides the morning after Thanksgiving Day.
“It was very apparent that it was the day after Thanksgiving game” joked Tigert, “there was definitely some good but also some bad.”
Things cleaned up however, and the Cougars led the whole way in the second half, holding the Oakland Patriots off just enough to get the 57-52 victory, improving their record to 3-2. The point of emphasis all season for Tigert has been shoring up the personal fouls, and getting to the free throw line more than the other team. He saw both progress and room for improvement in that respect on Friday.
“We’ve got to be able to defend without fouling and giving our opponents opportunities at the free throw line” said Tigert, “we did a decent job of that in the first half, guarding without fouling as much.
“It’s just something we’ve got to be conscious of.”
Kody Pardue led the Cougars in scoring with 16 points, while DJ Stacy and Winn Gramling each added 12 points. The coaching staff was happy to see the scoring spread out with three players in double digits.
“We want balance” said Tigert, “with that you need five guys on the floor that can score.”
Dickson County will play West Creek at 4pm on Saturday, looking to go 2-0 in the Thanksgiving Classic.
As for the Lady Cougars, they were neck and neck with Wilson Central for four quarters, but the Lady Wildcats edged it out, 55-52, thanks to 29 points from sophomore point guard Sydney Richetto.
“I’ll credit Raegan Purvine in the first half, I thought she played her really close” said head coach Erin Webb. “We tried to step that up in the second half just a little bit.
“If you’ve noticed, we’ve had just one person that’s completely dominated us. Even in the games that we’ve won, when you have somebody that puts up 20 or more points, that’s not something we can continue to allow.”
Webb’s team dropped to 2-2 with the loss, but there were some positives, including the play of junior KK Curtis, who started the game in place of the injured Sierra Morgan and scored 12 points.
“She just is a difference maker” said Webb, “she’s not afraid to drive, she’s never met anyone she didn’t want to go up against.”
Ryann Roberts led the Lady Cougars with 20 points, but three-pointers were hard to come by on Friday, going 5 for 21 beyond the arc. Missing those shots is not something this team is very accustomed to, according to their head coach.
“I think they’ve lived and died by the three-point shot the last few years” said Webb.
However, Webb believes they took a step forward defensively, despite the loss.
“I feel like that was our best showing defensively” said Webb, “we got beat a couple of times out of position, but we did have a coupe of possessions where the help was there.
“I was definitely happier with our defense than I have been yet.”
The Lady Cougars will try to bounce back with a game against Webb Knoxville on Saturday, to finish their Thanksgiving Classic slate.