By Lucas Panzica
NASHVILLE, TN – The early-season gauntlet for Coach Jason Tigert and his Dickson County Cougars continued on Tuesday night, this time resulting in a 54-50 win at Montgomery Bell Academy to bring the Cougars to 2-2 on the season.
“This schedule has been absolutely exactly what we hoped for, good tight games against really quality competition” said Tigert, “coming out of it 2-2 is not bad, we could be 4-0, we could be 0-4.”
Dickson County played an MBA team that won 20 games in the 2017 season, and a huge second quarter allowed the Cougars to build a 14-point halftime lead over the Big Red. The Cougars outscored MBA 17-1 in the second period alone, taking a 29-15 lead into the break. Getting into foul trouble, which has been an issue in the first three games of the season, was cleaned up in the first half, to Tigert’s liking.
“That was a point of emphasis going into the game” said Tigert, “the first half the guys really bought in and tried to address those problems and it s showed, we have a big lead going into halftime.
“Unfortunately, in the second half we reverted back to those bad tendencies.”
The Cougars had 8 team fouls in the first half, their lowest mark of the season thus far, and no Dickson County player fouled out for the first time through four games. However, the team foul mark went up to 13 in the second half, and the Cougars were outscored 35-25 in the third and fourth quarters as MBA attempted to come back.
“We just got away from that. What we had done in the second we don’t do in the third and fourth” said Tigert.
However, Dickson County was able to hold on for the 54-50 victory, and it was senior Kody Pardue who made the biggest difference, leading the Cougars in scoring with 22 with his physicality under the basket.
“He’s really added a big punch for us on the block,” said Tigert, ” he’s really stepped up his game rebounding the basketball and thats a big piece of what we’re trying to do.
“I’m happy with the schedule, I’m happy with the way the guys are competing. I think its games we’ve learned from, and hopefully we will continue to grow this weekend over in Lebanon.”
The Dickson County boys and girls teams travel to Lebanon on Friday to play the State Farm Thanksgiving Classic. A full broadcast schedule of the games can be found here.