Photo: Marty Allison/DicksonSportsMedia
By Lucas Panzica
NOLENSVILLE, TN – It was an electric environment at Nolensville High School on Thursday night, where the Dickson County Cougars got the 2018 basketball season started with a thriller, falling in overtime to the Nolensville Knights, 77-72.
Early struggles put the Cougars in a hole early on, trailing 20-11 at the end of the first quarter. They were never quite out of it, but foul trouble allowed Nolensville to keep Dickson County at arms length, and it was a 31-20 lead for the Knights at halftime.
“There’s no doubt we’ve got to clean that up,” said Dickson County head coach Jason Tigert, “at the end of the first period I think we had 9 team fouls and that’s unacceptable. Some of those were on the offensive ends charging, a couple were just being aggressive, and a couple were just ill-advised.”
The beginning of the third quarter kept the trends of the first half, as Nolensville took a 35-20 lead early on. However, for the last few minutes of the third quarter it was all Dickson County, as the Cougars outscored the Knights 29-14 in the third quarter alone.
“Very competitive game. We did not play well early,” said Tigert, “had a good third period, unfortunately we started the fourth period giving up 9 unanswered and that let them back in it as far as taking control of the game, but we were able to manage and send the thing into overtime.”
Kody Pardue’s layup at the buzzer took the game into overtime tied up at 78. Pardue had 20 points on the night for Dickson County, and junior DJ Stacy led the Cougars in scoring with 22.
“DJ is proven to be able to score the basketball, and he’s made big shots at the end of ball games. He’s someone we’re comfortable taking clean looks or making plays, but we’ve got other guys that can step up as well.
“For this team to be successful we’ve got to share the basketball” continued Tigert, “and have multiple threats on the floor, so hopefully we’ll have that moving forward.”
A three-point dagger from senior guard Zach Campbell late in overtime gave the Knights a 5-point lead, and Dickson County was unable to overcome it on the way to a 77-72 overtime loss to start the season 0-1.
“I’m happy with the guys as far as the way we competed in the second half to get back into that game.” said Tigert, “The bottom line is we’ll have to look at the film and pick some things to work on, and hopefully we’ll improve going forward.”
Up next for Dickson County is a trip to Cookeville on Saturday, where they play a double-header starting at 11am with Riverdale, then again at 2pm against Livingston Academy.