DICKSON — Through sickness and health, rivalry games never relent.

DICKSON — Through sickness and health, rivalry games never relent. 

With Lone Grove players dealing with the flu, and Dickson’s leading scorer, Hunter Palesano, out with a sore achilles, the cross-town rivalry game between the Comets and the Horns didn’t offer a complete display of what each team had to offer.

Despite missing their primary ball handler, the Comets found a way to stay completive for the majority of the night, with several players on the bench stepping up. 

But by the fourth quarter, Lone Grove’s depth and defense proved to be too much, as the Horns escaped the Dickson Gymnasium with a 67-52 victory Friday night.

Lone Grove coach John Garrett said it took awhile for his team to adjust to Dickson’s new-look lineup.

“It was a little bit ugly on both sides, but sometimes rivalry games can get heated and can kind of get ugly,” Garrett said. “We found a way and grinded it out. We had to get away from our plans and they had some guys step up that we weren’t counting on and we had to adjust to that.”

Dickson started the game off hot with freshman Charvis Wright hitting a three, leading to a 6-3 lead.

But Lone Grove closed out the first quarter with a 10-4 run to take 13-10 lead in the second.

Lone Grove’s Shelden Brown and Austin Felts had back-to-back three point plays in the second quarter to push the lead to 20-13. 

Dickson responded with Charvis Wright draining a three and Hunter Webb getting a four-point play on an and-one to cut the lead to 22-21.

The Comets would take a 24-22 later in the second quarter, but Lone Grove would close out the quarter on a 5-0 run after Felts was fouled at the buzzer, making it 29-26 after two quarters.

Lone Grove would score 21 points in the third quarter to take a 50-45 lead.And while Dickson kept finding a way to claw their way back, in the fourth Lone Grove proved to be too much as they held the Comets to just seven fourth-quarter points.

“The pressure of the game never got to them,” Dickson coach Billy Haley said. 

“They stayed aggressive and did a good job in the fourth quarter of staying in front of us and making us take contested shots.”

Despite the loss and Palesano being out with injury, Haley was impressed how the rest of the team stepped up. 

He said Palesano’s injury, which should be cleared up by the Tishomingo Tournament, might even prove to be a good thing long term for his team.

“This is the perfect storm, I told them if we can do that and bring out best player back we can make a little run,” he said. 

“It’s a blessing because as good as Hunter is and as much as he controls the ball, we might not have ever seen Charvis step up like that or Hunter Webb, Caelan or JD. it’s a good thing. it’s a bad thing, but a good thing.”

Austin Felts led Lone Grove in scoring with 19 points. Shelden Brown scored 16 points and Kemyon Sophus added 13 in the win.

Dickson had 10 players score on the night. Charvis Wright, who’s 14 years old, led the Comets with 15 points. Kanyon Gaines scored 10 points, and Bransen Kent scored seven. 

Lone Grove improves to 2-0 against Dickson and 7-6 on the season. Lone Grove travelled to Washington Saturday night.

Dickson (3-9) meanwhile has lost six straight games. 

The Comets will look to get back on track at the Tishomingo Tournament Thursday night.