DICKSON — Despite a massive game from Dickson’s Clary Donica, the Sulphur Lady Bulldogs survived a back-and-forth thriller over the Lady Comets Tuesday night, winning 49-44 at the Dickson High School Gymnasium.
Sulphur got out to a 30-18 first half lead, but the Lady Comets flipped a switch in the third quarter, limiting the Lady Bulldogs to just two points.
Donica, after finishing the first half with 10 points, ramped things up even further in the fourth quarter, tying the game at 35-35 after scoring six unanswered points off offensive rebounds.
Donica scored 23 points on the night, constantly crashing the boards and finding streaking Lady Comets in the fast break with outlet passes
With 5:00 remaining in the fourth quarter, the Comets took their first lead of the game after Donica found Bailey Baker who swished a transition three.
The Lady Comets would push their lead to as many as six points late in the game.
“(Clary) Donica just took over,” Sulphur coach Toby Todd said. “She decided during that 12 minute span that she was going to put the game on her back and she did. We were fortunate to come away with a win.”
But after 12 minutes of being on their heels, the Lady Bulldogs closed out the game as the aggressors, switching to a full court press that forced three straight Dickson turnovers.
Trailing 43-42 with 1:17 left in the game, Sulphur’s Makella Mobly came off the bench and drew a charge, giving the Lady Bulldogs the momentum they needed.
After the charge Sulphur’s Camren Hughes hit a contested three pointer to give the Lady Bulldogs a lead they would never surrender.
Todd said he was pleased with the way his team responded in the fourth quarter.
“They responded the way we need to respond,” he said. “They did some great things late and some ignorant things too. But (Makella) Mobly came in and took a huge charge. It’s the little things that we always harp on as coaches and that was a huge game changer.”
Sulphur’s Payton Row scored nine points in the fourth quarter to seal the win.
Row led Sulphur (11-5) in scoring with 17 points on the night. Paige Lee added 12 points and Kady Lynch finished with eight points.
Dickson’s Clary Donica led all scorers with 23 points on the night. Haley Davis scored six points with Sienna Young scoring four points for Dickson.