Photo: Marty Allison/DicksonSportsMedia
By Lucas Panzica
BRENTWOOD, TN – It was a tough night for the Dickson County Cougars, as they hit the road to take on the Brentwood Bruins in a Region 6 District 11 matchup.
In the first matchup between the two girls teams, Dickson County shot just 34 percent from the floor in a 55-44 loss. On Friday, the Lady Cougars had another poor night shooting the ball, going just 17-for-52 and 4-for-20 from deep.
“That’s not something we were looking to repeat” said Dickson County head coach Erin Webb, “we had a rough night offensively.
“We could not get it going, it was frustrating.”
On Tuesday, senior Ryann Roberts set a career high with 35 points in the win over Spring Hill and broke her own three-point record with 10 in a single game. On Friday, Roberts was 1-for-9 from beyond the arc and scored just 6 points. Junior Olivia Rinehart led in scoring with 15, with senior Raegan Purvine scoring 14.
Despite it being a strength all season, turnovers were an issue for Dickson County as well, as they gave up 20 compared to Brentwood’s 19.
“How often do we just throw the ball to the other team?” quipped Webb, “Not very. And we did it several times tonight.”
Junior Emily Trushel was an offensive spark for the Lady Bruins, leading all scorers with 24 points after shooting 8-for-14 from the floor.
The loss brings a 12-game win streak to an end for Dickson County (15-4, 8-2), while Brentwood (13-5, 7-3) completes a regular season sweep of the Lady Cougars. The loss also prevented the Lady Cougars from jumping Page for first place in the district standings, while Brentwood remains in third.
The Dickson County and Brentwood boys faced off after the girls, and the Cougars led at the end of every quarter except the fourth, being outscored 17-9 in the final period to lose 51-44.
“It wasn’t the outcome we wanted, but that is an outstanding Brentwood team” said Dickson County head coach Jason Tigert, “I thought we competed, I thought we guarded really well, especially early on.”
Junior Winn Gramling was a spark for Dickson County, going 3-for-3 from three-point range and putting up 11 first half points, and the Cougars led the Bruins 24-21 at halftime. Dickson county led 35-34 at the end of the third quarter, and it looked as though the game was going to go down to the wire.
Brentwood’s most consistent source of points this season, Jack Thurman, was held to 9 in Friday’s matchup, but it was senior Harry Lackey who picked up the slack, leading all scorers with 21. Winn Gramling led Dickson County with 14.
In the fourth quarter, Brentwood fought back to take a 3-point lead with about a minute left. Dickson County junior Jett Carter forced a jump ball to give the Cougars a chance, but the Bruins responded by forcing another jump ball on the next possession, sending the possession arrow back to them.
Dickson County had yet another chance to cut into the lead, trailing by five with under a minute to play, but senior Darian Burns traveled, and Brentwood hit free throws to close it out.
That win keeps Brentwood (16-5, 8-2) in second place in the district, while Dickson County (11-8, 5-5) misses an opportunity to jump to third.
The Bruins head to Spring Hill on Tuesday, while the Cougars return home for a matchup with Ravenwood.