On homecoming, the Comets also had their shooting struggles.
DICKSON — The Madill Wildcats took advantage of a subpar shooting night by Dickson to defeat the Comets 60-56 Friday night and put a damper on homecoming for Dickson at the Comet high school gym.
Madill (3-17) knocked down 24 of 49 (49 percent) from the floor to just 31 percent (19 of 62) by Dickson. The Wildcats also held a 35-19 rebounding advantage. And that edge was particularly pleasing to Madill head coach Jason Wilkerson.
“Rebounding is such an important focus for us right now because we are so young,” Wilkerson said. “And this is the best we have shot from the floor all season. This team has fought through a lot of adversity to be where we are today. I was proud of the way we played, especially with our limited success this year in the win column. And to win a game in which you turn the ball over 30 times is remarkable.”
The Wildcats committed 30 turnovers to just 19 miscues for the Comets. Dickson had the advantage at the line as well. The Comets doubled up the Wildcats 14-7 in free throws.
Madill started quickly and took an 18-11 lead after the first eight minutes. Dickson rallied in the second to trim the Wildcats’ lead to three points, 33-30, at intermission.
A turnaround jumper in the lane by Dickson’s Garrett Watterson gave the Comets their first lead since early in the game at 36-35 three minutes into the third. The teams continued to battle through turnovers and missed shots, and the score was knotted 44-44 heading to the fourth.
“I did not think we played particularly tough tonight,” Dickson coach Billy Haley said. “Madill played well and defended us well. We missed a lot of excellent opportunities on shots right under the goal. And when we battled back, we did not do a good job of finishing.”
An 8-0 run early in the fourth put the Wildcats up 54-46. The Comets drew to within 58-56 when Hunter Palesano hit a layup with under 20 seconds left. Dickson was unable to get a defensive stop however. Daivius Sanders converted on a layup for Madill that increased the Wildcats lead to 60-56. The Comets did not have the time to respond.
Diego Flores paced the Wildcats with 21 points. Asa Robertson has 12 points, and Sanders finished with 11 points for Madill.
Palesano’s 18 points paced Dickson. Ty Frasier added 13 points.
Madill 18 15 11 16 — 60
Dickson 11 19 14 12 — 56
Madill: Diego Flores 21, Asa Robertson 12, Daivius Sanders 11, Seth Coleman 8, Tanner Barnes 4, Michael Alvarez 2, Isai Castaneda 2.
Dickson: Hunter Palesano 18, Ty Frasier 13, Tyler Jennings 7, J.T. Marsh 6, Garrett Watterson 5, Clinton Bland 5, Brenton Bland 2.
Madill: 5 (Flores 4, Robertson)
Dickson: 4 (Jennings, C. Bland, Frasier, Palesano)
Madill: 7-12 ... Dickson: 14-26