The Lady Cougars set the tone early and blew away Centennial 65-37. The win comes against arguably the second best team in District 11AAA and gives Dickson a full game advantage over the rest of the league as the last remaining unbeaten team within the district.
Kailey Rosenbaum and Emily Beard both found early rhythm against a frustrated Centennial squad who seemed surprised by Dickson’s physicality. That physicality showed up in the first quarter with Rosenbaum banging down low on the first two buckets of the game. That sparked a 14-0 Lady Cougar run to start the game. From their the game was out of reach for all intents and purposes. Dickson had rattled Centennial’s confidence and they would not regain it in this contest.
Leading 22-4 at the end of the first and 34-10 at the half, Coach Greg Tipps was given the opportunity to play more players and rest Beard in the fourth quarter. Nine Lady Cougars scored in the game but Rosenbaum’s 15 point 13 rebound double-double was the standout performance for the night. Beard was impressive as well with 24 points and six threes.
The Cougars scrapped and clawed but came up short against Centennial 66-55. Dickson fell behind early but DJ Stacey used 13 first quarter points to steal an early lead, 21-17 after one quarter. The teams traded blows in the blows throughout the second and third quarter but the Cougars lost pace late in the third quarter. After Kody Pardue gave Dickson a 44-42 advantage, Centennial put together a 8-0 run to go in front for good. Darian Burns cut the lead to 50-47 heading into the final quarter but the Cougar offense just could not muster a comeback.
Burns led Dickson with 14 points while Stacey finished with 13, all in the first quarter, TreyWeidman added 10.
Next up for Dickson, Ravenwood at home Friday night at 6. This game was original scheduled to be played at Ravenwood but will now be played at DCHS.