Dickson County started off hot from beyond the arch. Ryann Roberts and Cierra Smith each had a pair of three and Emily Beard made it five team threes in the first quarter as the Lady Cougars built a 19-14 edge. In the final seconds of the first quarter Beard picked up her second foul and was forced to sit the remainder of the first half. Moments later Kailey Rosenbaum picked up two fouls back to back and forced Coach Greg Tipps to play the rest of the half without his two top scorers. The lack of offensive firepower quickly showed up for Dickson. After Rosenbaum’s foul the team managed only seven points, five of them coming from Smith. Despite the lack of offensive production, Dickson clung to a 28-23 lead heading into the break.
Whether it was the half day of school on Friday or the strain of their fifth of six games in 12 days, the Lady Cougars hit a wall in the third quarter. Rosenbaum hit one of two free throws early in the third and Dickson would not score again until the final minute of the quarter. Beard’s three preserved a 32-28 lead going into the final frame. Rosenbaum picked up her third and fourth fouls in the third and sat most of the fourth quarter as well. Once again without a primary scorer Dickson rallied to pull away. Sierra Morgan started a 7-2 run for the Lady Cougars that began to open of the gap. Reagan Purvine’s elbow jumper midway through the quarter put Dickson up by 10 and the Lady Bucs never got closer than 8 the rest of the way. Beard knocked down seven of eight free throws in the final three minutes to ice the game and give the Lady Cougars a 52-36 win.
Beard led Dickson with 18 points and Smith chipped in 12.
The Cougars suffered from a similar energy drain but could not overcome their sluggishness in a 62-50 loss.
Neither team seemed to be on their game in the first quarter, playing the way to a 7-7 tie after eight minutes. The Cougars jumped out to a 5-0 lead but watched Beech go ahead on a Jayson Brown free throw. A late layup by Trey Weidman knotted things up before the second quarter began. Beech knocked down three straight three pointers to start the second quarter on a 9-2 and balloon their lead to 16-9. Dickson responded with a 7-2 run of their own to close out the half trailing by three 21-18.
Early in the second half, Jacob Murphree banged a three in to cut the lead to two but the Bucs poured on eight points for a comfortable 34-24 advantage. The teams swapped buckets for the rest of the period but Dickson could get no closer than nine as they headed to the final quarter. Wiedman and DJ Stacey hit back to back shots in the fourth to get the Cougars as close as 44-38 but Beech responded with a quick run and stabilized their lead. The Cougars never got closer than nine the rest of the quarter and Beech salted the game away down the stretch, hitting five of six free throws to ice the game.
The Cougars were lead by Weidman who had 16 points and 6 boards while Darian Burns had 11 points and 6 boards.