Dickson County traveled to Independence last Tuesday and swept Independence with the Cougars winning easily 64-48, and the Lady Cougars holding on for a 59-50 win, as well.
The boys, who were undefeated going into their matchup with Independence, put the perfect record on the line and came out strong to the tune of a 22-4 lead by the end of the first period. The Cougars shot 64% in that first quarter, including 3-of-7 from beyond the arc to stress the Eagles’ defense.
In the second, Independence came back strong to pull to within 13 at half as the Cougars led 37-24 at the break.
The third and fourth periods showcased much of the same as Dickson was able to hold off Independence to get the win.
“I thought in the first half we played well,” said Dickson County coach Hal Murrell. “We kind of knocked them back on their heels a little bit. I liked our defense at times, but our shot selection at times still needs to improve. I was concerned with their size inside, and we got out-rebounded on both ends of the court, which is a problem, but we got a big district win on the road. [Independence] is better than their record.”
The Lady Cougars also got out to a big lead to begin the game as they took a 17-8 lead at the end of the first.
Dickson County outscored Independence 13-11 in the second to take a 30-19 lead into half, but the Lady Eagles put up a fight in the third as they outscored Dickson 15-9.
The Lady Cougars, though, kept their foot on the gas and held Independence off in the final period, outscoring the Lady Eagles 20-16 to get the win. Four different Lady Cougars scored in double digits as Caty Roberts led with 16 points and A.C. Milam (15), Sierra Morgan (11), and KK Curtis (10) also did their part. Curtis also ended the night with 13 rebounds, eight of them offensively, to record a double-double.
“It was all right, but I feel like it could’ve been a lot better,” Curtis said about her performance. “I feel like I missed a lot of shots, but I’m glad I could step in and help rebound.”
“It was nice to be able to go on a run and stop their run,” said Dickson County coach Erin Webb. “We’ve had a little trouble lately being able to sustain the other teams run. We know other teams are going to go on runs, and we haven’t done a great job of recovering and holding our emotions, and I was really proud of the way we did tonight. If you would have asked me before the game started who would finish the game I’m not really sure I could tell you, but that’s the beauty of this team. I don’t know who will step up, but we have a few that can, and tonight they did.”
BOYS BOX SCORE
Dickson County (64): Cade Purvine 17, D.J. Stacy 16, Jaden Davis 12, Winn Gramling 10, Jett Carter 7 and Zade Holt 2.
Independence (48): Cameron Bell 12, Matt St. Charles 12, Hrishi Salitri 8, Connor Rudolph 6, Noah Cook 5, Trey St. Charles 3 and Bailey DeWeese 2.
GIRLS BOX SCORE
Dickson County (59): Caty Roberts 16, A.C. Milam 15, Sierra Morgan 11, K.K. Curtis 10 and Hanna Ingram 7.
Independence (50): Jailyn Banks 17, Kayla Miller 15, Lindsey Freeman 7, Anna Davis 5, Nola Wiggins 4 and Christy Martinez 2.