Dickson County’s Lady Cougar and Cougar basketball teams defeated Waverly Saturday evening as the girls won 70-35 and the boys won 65-50.
But that was hardly the story of the evening. Dickson hosted a cancer awareness event and inducted many former alumni and former teachers into the school’s Hall of Fame between games. Pink balloons filled Dickson County’s gym and many current and former faculty members were in attendance to celebrate.
The Lady Cougars got off to a strong start by taking a 26-10 lead at the end of the first quarter. Caty Roberts (25) and Madison Geisler (12) both registered career highs in points in the blowout victory.
“Offensively I felt like we were really solid,” Dickson Lady Cougar coach Erin Webb said. “I was really proud of Caty Roberts and Madison Geisler looking to score first. I asked them before the game to look to score first, and if it’s not there at first, look to create a shot or pass it. I felt like they both did a great job with that tonight.
“Hanna Ingram looked good inside, and I wanted my post to start looking to score as well. I felt like she did that tonight.”
One of the teachers inducted into Dickson’s Educator Hall of Fame was legendary Lady Cougars coach Eve Hamilton. Coach Eve and her husband Henry “Hammer” Hamilton were in attendance. Coach Eve is currently battling cancer and having her at the game was a special moment for Lady Cougar coach Erin Webb.
“It’s always nice seeing the people who helped shape who you are be honored for that and tonight was a special night anyway because of all the men and women that were here because of that,” Webb said. “I personally don’t think I could ever do enough to honor what (Hamilton) has done for me, not only in the sport of basketball but also in life. She always pushed me to be a better version of myself, and I will be forever grateful for that.”
The boys game followed the induction ceremony. Much like the Lady Cougars, the Cougars came out on fire going up 28-14 at the end of the first quarter thanks to a buzzer-beating three-pointer from Jaquan Taylor, who finished the night with six points.
While Dickson’s offense slowed down the rest of the game, Cade Purvine’s 17 points and Winn Gramling’s 15 points helped Dickson keep Waverly at bay for the 15-point victory.
“I thought we started out the game well and jumped out to a quick lead, but I thought we started coasting a little bit after that,” Cougar coach Hal Murrell said. “I was really disappointed in our defensive effort overall, I just don’t feel like our energy was where it needed to be on the defensive side of the floor.
“We won, and I don’t want to take anything away from that, but we’re running out of games to improve, and if we play with that type of energy on defense when our level of competition is higher, we’re not going to be able to advance like we want to.”
Dickson senior guard DJ Stacy suffered a season-ending injury earlier in the week. Saturday was Dickson’s first game without the high-scoring threat of Stacy.
“These guys have been playing together for years,” Murrell said. “This young man has scored over 1,000 points for us here at Dickson, and he’s been a great asset to our program, but I don’t think they are down at all.
“At the same time, I feel like they’re wondering who’s going to pick up the slack. DJ has been such a big part of what we do that we need someone to go pick the slack up instead of looking for someone else to do it.”
With the wins over Waverly, the Lady Cougars improved to 11-9 (8-4 District 11-AAA) while the boys moved to 19-4 (District 11-AAA). Dickson was slated to host Independence on Tuesday.
GIRLS BOX SCORE
Dickson (70): Caty Roberts 25, Madison Geisler 12, AC Milam 9, Hanna Ingram 8, Sierra Morgan 8, KK Curtis 5, Jaida Fann 2, Emily Jackson 1.
Waverly (35): Chasity Turner 9, Kylie Perry 7, Caroline Trull 7, Kenzie Burnette 6, Julie Bukky 4, Halli Short 2.
BOYS BOX SCORE
Dickson (65): Cade Purvine 17, Winn Gramling 15, Jaden Davis 8, Jaquan Taylor 6, Zade Holt 5, Tucker Purvine 5, Jett Carter 4, Kelton Honchell 4, Brock Holley 1.
Waverly (50): Clayton King 17, Noah Foster 12, DJ Booze 9, McKale Herron 7, Jaxon Boswell 3, Kade Anderson 2.