Dickson County defeats LMS Tigers

Wednesday, November 23, 2011
LMS' Darius McKenzie hits an off balance runner over Dickson County's Ross Cummings in the second quarter. Photo by Louis G. Scheuchenzuber

The Lewisburg Middle School Tigers (3-3) put up a tough fight, but came up short against a strong Dickson County squad on Thursday night, as they dropped a 57-39 decision to the Dragons at home.

After losing to Dickson County 50-19 nine days earlier, the Tigers turned in a more determined effort on Thursday and trailed just 25-17 at halftime. The Dragons (4-0), though, proved to have too much firepower for LMS and stretched their lead to 43-18 late in the third quarter before fending off a late Lewisburg rally and eventually claiming the 18-point victory.

"I was proud of our team especially after we fell down early. We could have given up, but we battled back and made it competitive," said LMS coach David Lovell.

Bolstered by a 10-of-19 shooting performance from forward Ross Cummings, Dickson County shot 48 percent from the field overall (23-48), which included a 4-of-13 effort from three-point range, while hitting 7-of-11 free throws and outrebounding the Tigers 28-23.

Lewisburg, conversely, was bothered by the Dragons' superior height and finished with only 13 field goals on 31 percent shooting, which included a 3-of-12 performance from beyond the arc. The Tigers also left a number of points on the foul line, making just 10-of-21 free throws.

Forward Jay Howard paced LMS with eight points and Malek Sain and J.Q. Haislip both added seven points. D'Andre Brown, Darius McKenzie, and Tre Crutcher chipped in six, five, and four points respectively as well, while Zach Johnson and Cameron Robertson both had one point.

Ross Cummings paced the Dragons with 25 points and 10 rebounds, while brother Gabe Cummings tallied 15 points and eight assists. Ben Powlas and Hunter Wolcott also chipped in seven and six points respectively.

Dickson County appeared they might turn the game into a rout early on and raced out to a 17-4 lead with 5:18 left in the second quarter.

The Tigers then clawed their way back into the contest by putting together a 13-5 run behind seven points from Sain and four points from Brown to narrow the gap to 22-17 late in the second period.

After Powlas converted a three-point play in the waning moments of the half to give the Dragons a 25-17 advantage at the break, Dickson County opened the third quarter with a 18-1 spurt to forge a 43-18 lead with 1:30 left in the stanza.

Lewisburg outscored the Dragons 21-8 over the next six minutes on the strength of eight points from Howard and seven points from Haislip to whittle the deficit to 51-39 late in the fourth period, before the Dragons tallied the final six points of the game on two baskets from Ross Cummings and a James Hammock layup to close out their 57-39 victory.