Due to maintenance repairs taking place at Dickson County’s gym, the Cougar and Lady Cougar basketball teams have been on the road all season. Last Friday night’s game against Summit was the first of nine consecutive home games for Dickson County.
But home court with COVID-19 regulations doesn’t provide the same edge, and Summit took advantage in both the boys and girls games.
In the boys game, Dickson and Summit looked to be in a tightly-contested game until a stretch in the third quarter allowed Summit to pull away and earn a 70-48 win. In the girls game, Summit held a convincing lead throughout, never giving the Lady Cougars a chance to catch up in the 66-44 victory.
The Summit boys got off to a slow start in the first half as they were only able to muster eight points in the first quarter. In the second quarter, the offense picked it up a little and scored 18 points, but the young Dickson County team trailed just 26-25 at the half.
In the third quarter, things went south quickly for Dickson County. The youth of the Cougars was evident as a string of possessions ending in turnovers led to a 23-9 outburst from the Spartans. Summit’s defense clamped down in the third and the speed and length of Destin Wade proved to be too much for Dickson’s small guards.
“It was like Jekyll and Hyde,” Dickson County coach Hal Murrell said. “The first half was some of the best we’ve played this year. We shared the ball and stayed under control. But we really showed our youth and inexperience in that decisive third quarter. However, it is mid-January and we’ve got to start to clean up those errors both mentally and physically.”
In the final quarter, Summit emptied its bench and still outscored Dickson County 21-14. Wade led Summit with 30 points and point guard Konata Werts added 18. That duo also turned several steals into easy points on the other end of the floor.
In the earlier game, the Summit girls were able to build a strong early lead thanks to outscoring Dickson County 38-19 in the first half.
Summit’s plan was simple: try to contain Dickson County sophomore guard AC Milam, who scored a school-record 43 points earlier in the week against Franklin.
“We know Milam is a special player and we could only hope to neutralize her,” Summit coach John Wild said. “We knew you can’t completely stop her, but we were going to do everything we could to slow her down.”
Milam still managed 20 points, but that was no match for Summit’s offensive output as Delaney Noe scored 18 and Claudette Runk added another 10. Eight Lady Spartans registered a basket and seven scored at least five points.
“I thought we valued possessions well and we got good, clean looks on offense,” Wild said. “Defensively we did a good job of boxing out and rebounding. Moving forward, we’re just going to continue to have to take care of the ball and eliminate bad shots.”
Dickson County hosted Spring Hill on Tuesday, Jan. 19, while Summit was set to travel to Spring Hill on Wednesday, Jan. 20.
BOYS BOX SCORE
Summit (70): Destin Wade 30, Konata Werts 18, Andrew Smith 6, Graham Schneider 4, Marcus White 4, Dominick Hollis 2, Clarence Jones 2, Kade Lenfestey 2, Bradley Stewart 2
Dickson County (48): Jamison Burum 18, Josh Cope 7, Mason Herbert 7, Jac Carr 5, Cade Pilkinton 4, Chanx Martin 3, Dylan Beard 2, Malachki Redman 2
GIRLS BOX SCORE
Summit (66): Delaney Noe 18, Claudette Rank 10, Jaiden Ramzy 9, Ellie Colson 8, Nicole Rizane 8, Bergen Allee 5, Cydney Wright 5, Myah Kratzig 3
Dickson County (44): AC Milam 20, Ashley Jackson 11, Anna Leatherwood 5, Jada Davidson 2, Jaida Fann 2, Hanna Ingram 2, Rylee Moore 2