LONE GROVE — Whether it be a buzzer beating three in overtime or lockdown defense and free throw shooting, the Lone Grove Longhorns have found a way to win this season.

LONE  GROVE — Whether it be a buzzer beating three in overtime or lockdown defense and free throw shooting, the Lone Grove Longhorns have found a way to win this season.

Following their overtime win over Lexington earlier this week, the Horns held Dickson to just two points in the fourth quarter and grinded out a 36-33 win over the Comets to improve to 2-0 on the season, Friday.

“We made plays down the stretch when we had to make them,” Lone Grove coach John Garrett said.

 “Our defense is what has got us our last two wins, our offense has been struggling but that always comes around. Our defense has kept us in games and to make plays in situations like this early in the season is impressive.”

In a back and forth game, Lone Grove got out to a strong start, taking a 13-9 lead into the second quarter. 

But the Comets came back, outscoring the Longhorns 22-13 in the second and third quarter to take a 31-26 lead going into the fourth.

Dickson junior Hunter Palesano led the Comets with 17 points. Palesano started the fourth quarter with an impressive drive and bucket, but it would be all Dickson would manage as Lone Grove’s defense pitched a shutout down the stretch.

While Lone Grove’s defense stifled the Comets, the Horns repeatedly took the ball into the paint, drawing fouls. 

Shelden Brown got the scoring started in the fourth after drawing a foul on a strong take to the basket.

Brown finished with six points, all of which came from the free thrown line. 

Kemyon Sophus led Lone Grove with 19 points, none bigger than a tough layup that gave the Horns their first lead since the first quarter with just 40 seconds remaining in the game. 

After shooting 1-5 from the charity stripe, Sophus pushed the lead to 36-33 after hitting two clutch free throws with three seconds left. And as Dickson’s last second heave to force overtime bounced off the rim, Lone Grove improved to 2-0 on the season. 

Lone Grove (2-0) was scheduled to play its first road game of the season on Saturday against Calera

Dickson (1-1) will return to action against Comanche on the road Tuesday night beginning at 8 p.m.