Cougars drop 3 of 4 games across 5-day stretch

Dickson County’s Cougars head into the Christmas break after a five-day stretch in which they dropped three of four games. The Cougars pulled out a 50-49 thriller over Harpeth Saturday but fell to Beech 62-50 Friday and dropped both games in the Columbia Christmas Classic this week. In the makeup game with the Indians, Dickson County overcame a 10-point deficit in the final three minutes with an 11-0 run capped by D.J. Stacey’s three-pointer with 1.2 seconds remaining. Trey Weidman led the Cougars with 17 points. The night before, Dickson County had trailed the Buccaneers by 10 points in the fourth but could get no closer than six points despite a 16-point night from Weidman and 11 points from Darian Burns. It was different storylines for Dickson County’s two games in the Columbia classic but the same result. The Cougars fell to Martin Luther King Magnet 59-46 Monday and Wilson Central 58-49 Tuesday. In Monday’s contest, the Cougars rallied in the second half to overcome a double-digit deficit but couldn’t complete the comeback. Against the Royals, a Burns three-pointer cut the margin to 46-42 and a Stacey steal gave Dickson County a chance to get closer but the Cougars missed two shots and MLK iced the victory at the foul line. Stacey finished with 17 and Burns had 11. Against Wilson Central, it was the Wildcats who rallied in the second half. Burns had a career night with 26 points, including the last 11 for Dickson County. After trailing at halftime 26-22, Wilson Central tied the game at 28-28 on a three-pointer and then used a three-point play to take the lead. Burns pulled the Cougars within two at 48-46 on a three-point play but the Wildcats hit enough free throws in the closing minutes to take the nine-point win. The Lady Cougars wrapped up their pre-Christmas schedule with a 52-36 win over Beech and a 45-24 win over Harpeth. Dickson County overcame foul trouble for its two leading scorers against the Lady Buccaneers. Emily Beard led the way with 18 points and Cierra Smith added 12. In a battle of post players, Kailey Rosenbaum’s 19 points and 15 rebounds carried the Lady Cougars to the win over Harpeth. Dickson County returns to action in the Above the Rim Invitational at Hickman County High School next week. Both teams will open against Scotts Hill from Henderson County on Wednesday. The girls play at 1 pm and the boys at 5:30.