DICKSON — Dickson coach Chuck Ryan was left frustrated. Again.
Another stellar effort from his senior duo of Jeffrey Dodson and Jacob Lindsey was not enough for the Comets, who came out on the wrong end of a 61-53 defeat at the hands of Ada in Class 4A districts on Friday night that leaves Dickson’s season on the precipice.
“We’ve got one more game guaranteed,” Ryan said. “We need to go out and see what we can do for these seniors.”
Dodson and Lindsey were, as usual, sensational for Dickson (7-17). Dodson led all scorers with a 30-point performance that included six 3-pointers, while Lindsey added 17 on a night where his outside shot wasn’t quite at its usual level.
Outside of those two, however, the Comets simply could not create any offense; Garrett Brooks and Matt Morphet combined for the six points that made up the rest of Dickson’s offensive output.
“It’s tough because at this point in the year, everybody knows,” Ryan said. “Everybody has scouted everybody else, they’ve put the time in the film room and they know what you can do.
“(Lindsey and Dodson) will be the focus of everybody’s attention.”
The momentum of the game shifted drastically towards the end of the third quarter. Dickson had led 34-32, but a sudden flurry of offense burst from Ada, who got back-to-back treys to take a 43-36 lead into the fourth frame, from which the Comets never recovered.
Dickson also found itself on the wrong end of two vital categories: rebounds and turnovers. Several Comet possessions ended with Ada poised for fast breaks and easy layups, while Dickson struggled mightily to establish a presence on the glass against a taller Ada team.
“There’s no practicing for getting taller,” Ryan said. “We’re not making excuses for it ... but when you’re down in size, you have to make up for it in defensive rotations and we aren’t doing that.
“We want to be quick, but don’t hurry, and those are things we’re learning.”
Comets offense falls silent in loss
DICKSON — Katy Custer and Bryanne Knox had sterling starts, but could not maintain their offensive pace in a 44-33 district loss to Ada.
The two leading scorers for the Comets, Custer (11 points) and Knox (eight) saw great offensive success for the majority of the first half, culminating with Knox’s heads-up steal-and-score to give Dickson a 19-18 halftime lead.
The duo cooled off after intermission, however, with Custer scoring the lone basket among the two in the waning minutes of the fourth quarter.
Page 2 of 2 - “We struggled to get the ball down low to (Custer),” coach Todd Vargas said. “And as a high-low team, it’s going to tough if you don’t do that.”
Vargas gave credit to Ada, who switched from a man scheme in the first half that Custer dominated early to a zone that allowed Ada to clamp down and deny any opportunities for Custer.
“They ran a good zone in the second half,” Vargas said. “It wasn’t Katy’s fault, we just couldn’t get her the ball.”