LONE GROVE — The host Lone Grove Longhorns outscored Dickson 39-23 in the second half to pull away for a 63-42 victory over the Comets to take the third place trophy at the Longhorn Invitational Saturday night at the Gary Scott Center.
It was a tightly fought contest throughout the first half with Lone Grove taking a 14-10 lead after the first period and a 24-19 lead at halftime.
But in the second half, Lone Grove’s Caleb Norman helped the Longhorns put the game away. Norman finished the game with 25 points with 18 of those coming in the second half. And Lone Grove coach, Chuck Ryan, praised his junior forward for his efforts following the win.
“Caleb had a huge night for us,” Ryan said. “He did a great job of keeping his game under control and taking quality shots. His big buckets, especially in the second half, really made the difference in the game’s outcome.”
Ryan further praised his assistant coach, Toney Brown, for the defensive game plan against the Comets.
“Toney had a great game plan for us, especially in the second half,” Ryan said. “They adjustments our team made at the break helped cause problems for Dickson with running their offense. We have about 11 players right now that are playing a totally unselfish game. They don’t care who gets the credit. They just want to have a successful season. And I appreciate that kind of effort.”
Lone Grove (5-4) hit 24 of 46 (52 percent) from the floor to just 32 percent (15 of 47) for Dickson. At the line, the Longhorns were 12 of 21 (57 percent) to the Comets’ 6 of 8 (75 percent). Dickson committed 24 turnovers to just 16 for Lone Grove.
“We did not have the intensity for the game that we needed tonight,” Dickson coach Billy Haley said. “And that was especially true in the second half.”