FRANKLIN – The Dickson County girls basketball team broke through to the other side on Wednesday night.
After suffering season-ending losses in the region semifinals the previous two years, Dickson County delivered a dominating performance in Wednesday’s Region 6-AAA semifinal, rolling to a 66-41 victory over Overton.
Dickson County will square off with Brentwood in Thursday’s 7 p.m. region championship at Franklin. Dickson County and Brentwood will advance to Monday’s sectionals, and those winners go to the state tournament.
“We stuck together and played as a team,” Dickson County junior Lea Lea Carter said. “We had some rough patches early, but I think we wanted it more. I think that we took it to them in the second half and really turned the tables.”
The Lady Cougars (30-2), who needed overtime to knock off the Lady Bobcats during the regular season, strung together a 17-5 run to start the second half, increasing their lead to 45-22 with 3:00 left in the third quarter, and that momentum carried over until the final whistle.
“When you get to this game you’ve got to be ready to play,” Dickson County coach Eve Hamilton said. “At halftime I said, ‘Guys, you just have to take it to them,’ and we did. We started taking it inside.”
Senior Tori Patton, who tallied 17 points, was the only player to finish in double figures for the Lady Bobcats (20-10), who endured an uncharacteristically bad shooting night.
“They are really good, they played really well and they made us not play very well,” Overton coach Todd Douthit said. “A lot of shots that we often hit didn’t go in, and then we had to do some things that we don’t normally do, which led to easy baskets for them.”
Carter, the District 11-AAA co-MVP, shot just 3-of-9 from the field, but the 5-foot-11 Vanderbilt commitment made her presence felt all over the court. In addition to her eight points, Carter had a team-leading nine rebounds while also dishing out 12 assists.
Teammates Emily Beard and Payton Grove were the top beneficiaries of Carter’s unselfish play. Beard finished with 15 points. Grove, an MTSU softball signee, contributed 13 on 6-of-6 shooting.
“I’m not all about points,” Carter said. “If I score I score, but I’m more worried about my teammates. They expect the ball to come. Whether I shoot it or not, they’re always looking for the ball.”
Brentwood 42, Cane Ridge 35: Senior Jenny Roy scored eight of her team-leading 15 points in the final quarter for Brentwood (25-4).
Abby Shealy knocked down four free throws in the closing minutes to help preserve the win. Shealy finished with 11 points.
Morgan Seiferth tallied 11 points to lead the Lady Ravens (18-10) and Maya Perry-Grimes contributed seven.
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