Lady Cougars Bounce Back Against Stewarts Creek, Advance to State Semis

Dickson County fought back from down 9 in the fourth quarter to win a double overtime thriller against Stewarts Creek 67-64. Fouls again plagued the Lady Cougars in Murfreesboro but could not stop a second half comeback for the ages. Emily Beard led all scorers with 20 points but her biggest shots of the night came in the waning moments of the game. With 6 seconds left in regulation and Dickson trailing by 3 points, Beard drilled a right wing buzzer beater to send the game into overtime tied at 48. After a see-saw first OT, Beard again pulled the trigger on a deep three pointer with 13 seconds to play and tied it back up at 58. Stout defense kept the game knotted up and gave Dickson the chance to win in OT2.

The second, and final, overtime period saw things swing in favor of the Lady Cougars. Most of their points came from the charity stripe and they took full advantage, including clutch free throws bun Olivia Rinehart to extend the lead to 7 with less than a minute to play. The Lady Red Hawks trimmed the lead to 4 in the final seconds but the Dickson defense again prevent quality shots and held off the SC charge.

While the overtime stole the show, Dickson pulled off a much larger comeback going back to the first half. Once leading by 5, the Lady Cougars came out flat in the second quarter without Kailey Rosenbaum who was in foul trouble early. Trailing at the half by 7 Dickson went inside to Rosenbaum and then got back to back threes from Ryann Roberts to cut the deficit to 2 before Stewarts Creek rebounded, building their advantage back to 9. The fourth quarter and both overtime periods belonged to Dickson though as they seemed to outhustle and outlast their opponent.

Beard finished the night with 20 points to lead all scorers. Rosenbaum added 18 points despite only playing 4 minutes in the first half. Roberts and Rinehart each had 9 huge points to compliment Dickson’s primary threats.

While Stewarts Creek brought the massive “Red Flood” student section, the Lady Cougars had a sea of white behind them in the Murphy Center. One estimate said as many as 867 students made the trip to support Dickson County in the third straight state tourney appearance. The win advances the Lady Cougars to the semifinals for just the second time in school history. They will play Memphis Central, Friday at 10am for a shot at the AAA State Finals.

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