For the third time in five days the Cougars and Lady Cougars suited up Saturday night for their final game of the week as the reunited with rival Waverly.
The Lady Cougars were unkind guests, blowing out the Tigerettes 61-14. The rout started early with a 22-0 first quarter that set the tone for the entire game. Emily Beard picked up where she left off on Friday night with 12 first quarter points for the Lady Cougars. Coach Tipps substituted liberally to try and maintain good sportsmanship but that could not prevent a 32-0 lead before the Tigerettes finally got on the board. Leading 38-3 at the break Dickson coasted to the finish with the starters sitting most of the second half. Beard led the Lady Cougars with 17 points, Ryann Roberts had 12, and Olivia Rinehart added 11 off the bench. Ten Dickson players scored in the game.
The Cougars rebounded quickly from their loss Friday night but could not find away to overcome the Tigers on the road. The two teams seemed evenly matched in the first quarter. Darian Burns matched Micheal Jackson’s early bucket and set the tone for the frame. Jacob Murphree’s three pointer gave Dickson the largest lead of the quarter at 11-7 before the Tigers came back to tie things up 13-13 heading into the second quarter. Waverly jumped out to a 6-0 run in the second quarter and began to distance themselves from the Cougars. Noah Edmisson and Burn cut the lead to 21-20 before the Tigers ran it back out to 33-26 at halftime.
In the second half the Cougars ramped up their offensive aggressiveness to attack the Waverly 2-3 zone. Darian Burns scored 13 of the 20 third quarter points for Dickson building a 46-42 lead after three quarters. Jackson had 6 of Waverly’s 9 points to keep the Tigers in the game. In the fourth quarter, Waverly worked to tie the game at 46 and took a brief 52-51 lead midway through the quarter. Burns answered with a dribble drive, and-one layup to regain the lead and Trey Weidman push the margin to 56-52 with two minutes left. Following a Waverly miss, the Cougars ran some clock before a Burns miss. Waverly cut the lead to two with a Trey Tidwell elbow jumper and forced a Cougar turnover to set up a shot at tying the game. Jacob Walker knotted the game at 56. Dickson got one final look in regulation but Burns missed his three point try. He followed with a rebound and pass to Kody Pardue but the officials waved off an apparent game winner by Pardue and sent the game to overtime.
In the bonus frame Dickson went one for nine and with a three pointer by Weidman. Waverly hit three shots from inside the arch to secure the 62-59 win in overtime. Burns led Dickson with 21 points, Weidman had 16, and Murphree had 11.
Both teams get set for Summit Tuesday night on the road on WDKN 1260 AM.