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Clarksville, TN – The Middle School Girls Area 1-AAA Basketball championship game between the Dickson County Lady Dragons and the Rossview Lady Hawks at Kenwood High School Thursday night was a close battle all the way to the end.
When the dust settled and the last echo of sneakers squeaking on hardwood settled, it was the Lady Dragons who stood tall in victory. They defeated the Lady Hawks 39-34.The Lady Dragons took control of the game early and had established an 18-9 lead by halftime. However, the Lady Hawks mounted a rally in the third quarter and trailed by only two points at the beginning of the fourth.
Keithyania Pace made a short jumper that tied the game at 26 at the beginning of the fourth quarter. Afterwards, there were five lead changes before the end of the game. Courtney Daniels made two free throws to give the Lady Hawks a 32-31 lead with 2:31 left on the clock. Then, turnovers allowed the Lady Dragons to go on a 6-0 run.
Reagan Purvine scored four of those six points including two free throws that put the Lady Dragons ahead 37-32 with less than 30 seconds left in the game. The Lady Dragons’ defense held up in the end by not fouling and allowing the Lady Hawks to score only two more points.
The Lady Hawks made 3-of-10 field goals, 4-of-6 free throws and committed 6 turnovers in the last quarter. The Lady Dragons shot a perfect 6-for-6 from the free throw line in the second half and went 4-of-7 from the field in the last quarter.
Ryann Roberts was a big factor in the Lady Dragons win. She made six of the seven total Lady Dragons’ 3-pointers and led the team with 20 points. Roberts made back-to-back threes in the second quarter to give the Lady Dragons an 18-7 lead. Her last shot from downtown broke the 26-26 tie in the fourth. Roberts also scored two points in the late 6-0 run that ultimately gave the Lady Dragons the win.
Roberts was one of six Lady Dragons to score. Purvine finished the game with 10 points. Madison Geisler scored three and the rest added two points.
Pace and Macy Rippy led nine Lady Hawks scorers. They both finished with six points. Jackie Harris and Brooklyn Thompson added five points.
Both the Lady Dragons and Lady Hawks advance to host games Saturday, January 31st.
Dickson 39, Rossview 34
Area 1-AAA All Tournament Team
Marlon Scott is a freelance journalist and writer. He graduated from Austin Peay State University in 2011 with a B.S. in Communications, majoring in Communication Arts with a concentration in print and web journalism.
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