Dickson County senior Raegan Purvine looks for an entry pass in the D11AAA title game
Photo: Casey Patrick/Main Street Media
By Lucas Panzica
DICKSON, TN – The Dickson County Lady Cougars (25-5, 16-3) won the 2019 D11AAA tournament on their home floor Monday night, rallying past the Brentwood Lady Bruins (18-9, 12-7) to win 61-56.
In the two regular season matchups between these teams, Brentwood won both with an average margin of victory of 13.5 points, and Dickson County shot a combined 32 percent from the floor in the two games.
In the first two quarters of the third and most important meeting, the Lady Cougars seemed to keep the same trends, shooting just 10-27 (37 percent) from the floor to trail 34-26 at the break. Then, Dickson County flipped a switch. According to head coach Erin Webb, the change was more mental than tactical.
“Just their mindset” said Webb, “they were determined tonight, they never gave up, and that’s all I ask for them to do.
“They just don’t quit. They decided tonight that enough was enough.”
In the third quarter, Dickson County exploded on a 13-3 run right out of the gate, outscoring the Lady Bruins 17-10 in the period. Junior Olivia Rinehart was a force throughout the game, capping a stellar district tournament with 18 points on 7-15 shooting, 10 rebounds, and two assists. Rinehart was named the tournament MVP after averaging 22 points and 5 rebounds through three games.
The junior forward had missed nearly two weeks due to illness at the end of the regular season, and came off the bench for three straight games before earning back her starting spot for the postseason, and Webb could not have been happier with the way Rhinehart responded.
“You know, I think it did her some good being on the sideline a couple of games, not starting a couple of times” continued Webb, “because she came back with a vengeance.
“That is exactly who she can be every night.”
Brentwood leading scorer Amelia Osgood was her typical self on Monday, scoring 21 points, hitting all 12 of her free throws, and adding four rebounds and four assists. Foul trouble became an issue for both teams as Dickson County senior outside shooter Ryann Roberts picked up her fifth foul early in the fourth quarter, and Brentwood junior Delaney Trushel followed suit soon after, leaving the game with 12 points.
Despite Dickson County’s strong start out of the halftime break, Brentwood was able to recover and regain a 44-43 lead going into the fourth quarter. The Lady Cougars did not score in the first two minutes of the final period, and trailed 51-43 with six minutes to play.
Then, Dickson County flipped another switch, and went on an 18-5 run to close out the game. Junior KK Curtis scored 14 points, with 11 of them in the second half, and pulled down 9 rebounds for the Lady Cougars. Webb got a nice performance from sophomore center Hanna Ingram as well, who was the third Lady Cougar in double figures with 11 points.
In the final seconds, Dickson County hit free throws to balloon the lead up to 5 and win their fifth D11AAA title at home, 61-56.
As emotional as it was to beat a rival at home for a district title, Webb is not concerned with her team’s ability to turn around and prepare for the Region tournament.
“This team is great at just coming in, getting their work done, getting their mind right, and then heading to a game” said Webb.
“We’re just kind of taking it like a new season. We finished this season, let’s go to the next season.”
Dickson County’s “next season” begins Friday night at 7pm in the R6AAA quarterfinal against the McGavock Lady Raiders at Brentwood High School.