DICKSON — Kacie West picked her spot perfectly.
Her hustle play augmented her 18 points as Sulphur rebuffed Dickson’s rally, 55-51, Tuesday in a make-up game at Dickson.
Fifty-one seconds remained in the third quarter. Sulphur (10-5) junior Savannah Ashford just scored off an inbounds pass Devin Dunn.
West then stole Dickson’s (9-8) inbounds pass and converted a layup, stretching the Lady Bulldogs’ lead to 44-38.
“I just kind of catch them off guard,” West said. “They kind of don’t expect it. I’ll kind of hide behind them (an opponent), just sneak in and get it.
“(It made a) pretty big (impact). I think it was a turning point.”
Sulphur coach Toby Todd agreed.
“That was a big time in the game,” Todd said. “She gave us a big boost. … Great hustle play. She pays attention, kind of lulls them to sleep. She’s done that quite a few times this year, and a lot of times, it’s been big plays for us.”
It was tonight, too.
Dickson’s Aly Goss had just hit a 3-pointer to cut the hosts’ deficit to 40-38.
“I was very pleased with how she played,” Dickson coach Jennifer Mays-Krimmer said.
Sulphur scored the next four field goals.
In the fourth quarter, Dickson cut its deficit to two points on another two occasions: 48-46 when Jamie Hawkins scored a free-throw line jumper off an assist from Madison Rozzell and 50-48 when Rozzell hit a layup.
With 43 seconds, Maddie Williams hit a 3-pointer to cut Dickson’s deficit to 52-51.
Two late turnovers denied Dickson its opportunity to complete a rally from a 17-point first-quarter deficit.
West also hit three free throws, including the clinching pair with 3.4 seconds to play.
Ashford scored the first four points. Reilly Williams added two free throws. Ashford scored another hoop and Kacie West scored five in a row.
Dickson’s Clary Donica scored the Lady Comets’ first hoop, cutting their deficit to 8-2. Sulphur answered with the next 11 points.
Todd praised the manner Sulphur freshman Payton Row handled Dickson’s pressure. The Bulldogs broke down the hosts’ 1-3-1 with rather ease in the first quarter.
“Dickson’s a really good team,” Todd said. “I thought our girls came in really ready to play. We got some decent (first-quarter) looks. We did a really good job of working the ball (around) and finding good, open shots and knocking them down.
“Being able to put 22 points on the board (in the first quarter, that was a big factor in tonight’s win.”
This game — a make-up contest — was tightly contested like the Lake Country Conference game on Jan. 5 at Sulphur.
On this night, Dickson dug itself too big a hole.
“Dez’Monty Wright was able to give us a lot of good minutes,” Mays-Krimmer said.
Sulphur: 55 (Savannah Ashford 18, Kacie West 18, Reilly Williams 11, Payton Row 6, Paige Lee 2).
Dickson: 51 (Clary Donica 13, Aly Goss 11, Madison Rozzell 8, Payton Rowe 6, Jamie Hawkins 4, Dez’Monty Wright 4, Maddie Williams 3, Kirstyn Jolly 2).
Dickson: 5 (Rowe 2, Goss 2, Williams)