“Rebounding was a major focus for us this week," Madill coach Shawn Runyan said.
DICKSON — A 10-0 run early in the fourth period by Madill provided the momentum lift it needed as the Lady Wildcats ruined the Dickson Lady Comets’ homecoming with a 37-34 victory Friday night at the Dickson high school gym.
The game was a nail-biter from beginning to end with Madill leading 6-5 after the first period and 18-13 at halftime. Both teams had trouble getting good shots with the other squad playing tough defensively. The Lady Wildcats were 12 of 27 (44 percent), and the Lady Comets were but 23 percent (10 of 43) from the floor.
Turnovers reflected the defensive struggle with Dickson committing 30 miscues to Madill’s 31 turnovers.
“That 10-point run in the fourth was the ball game,” Madill coach Shawn Runyan said. “We have so many young girls, and a number of our more experienced girls hurt right now. I was proud of the way our younger players came in and contributed, especially in that crucial fourth period.
“Rebounding was a major focus for us this week," Runyan said. “We know how important that is, especially with our shooting percentage being so low. We need those offensive rebounds to give us some extra chances. The team has grown up a lot. In the past when we got down four or five points the girls had a tendency to give in. But tonight they battled back and got the win. Good things happen when you keep working hard.”
Dickson (9-11, 1-5 Lake Country Conference) had a strong third period to take a 26-24 lead to the fourth. The lead swelled to 29-24 before the Lady Wildcats began their surge. Following the 10-point rally, Madill had a 34-29 advantage.
The game came down to a free-throw contest: Ashlynn Arnold hitting two of two with 36 seconds left. A 3-point bucket from the corner by Dickson’s Sienna Young cut the lead to two, but one of two from the line by Madill’s Madison Jowers made it a 37-34 game. Dickson’s Aly Goss launched a 3-pointer with five seconds left that missed the mark as the Lady Wildcats (2-18, 1-6) hung on for the win.
“This was a tough loss for us,” Dickson coach Josh Talley said. “We did not shoot the ball well. Poor shooting will always hurt you. In addition we need to play better defense and do a better job of converting our stops into transition buckets at the offensive end.”
The Lady Wildcats had a 32-20 rebounding edge over the Lady Comets. Both teams had their issues at the charity stripe. Madill hit 12 of 24 (50 percent) to just 38 percent (11 of 29) for Dickson.
Quaja Byars led Madill in scoring with 14 points and eight rebounds. Clary Donica paced the Lady Comets with 13 points.
Madill 6 12 6 13 — 37
Dickson 5 8 13 8 — 34
Madill: Quaja Byars 14, Madison Jowers 6, Kaitlyn Jones 6, Ashlynn Arnold 6, Kristian Chapa 3, Kortlyn Yow 2.
Dickson: Clary Donica 13, Kristina Harwell 8, Keely King 4, Aly Goss 3, Sienna Young 3, Kristyn Jolly 2, Hailey Davis 1.
Madill: 1 (Jowers)
Dickson: 3 (Harwell 2, Young)