The Lady Comets beat Holdenville 45-31.
DICKSON — Clary Donica scored five of the Lady Comets' nine second-chance points in the second quarter, allowing Dickson to build on a four-point lead after one quarter. Donica's all-around game helped the Lady Comets' seniors win their final home game, 45-31 against Holdenville on Thursday at Dickson High School gymnasium.
Dickson (10-15) will play the Kingston at 1:30 p.m. today at Kingston multi-purpose center.
A team with three seniors, Aly Goss, Kristina Harwell and Kirstyn Jolly texted each other the morning before their final home game.
Goss initially shared the text-message conversation.
“We were glad we got to play with each other,” Goss said of those messages. “It's just do-or-die now so we really had to look for each other and make it fun for us since it could've been our last game.”
Added Jolly, “We were talking about how this would be possibly our last game. We were talking about how we were glad that we played with each other our senior year. No matter what anybody else did on the team, us three seniors were going to play how we knew we could play and leave it all out on the court.”
Goss missed a couple of 3-pointers early.
With a laugh, she said she knew in warmups that today would be an off day. Thus, she facilitated. About half of her six assists went to Donica — including an inbounds pass from halfcourt when Donica got behind the Lady Wolverines' pressure.
Donica's hoop marked the first play of the second half.
“I figured if someone else was open closer to the basket, why not give them the higher-percentage shot?” she asked rhetorically.
Donica scored a game-high 19 points — including five apiece in the initial two quarters. She scored five second-chance points in the second quarter: two field goals and a free throw, which occurred with 39.8 seconds remaining in the half after she rebounded her own miss and drew a foul. She had nine rebounds — seven offensive — at half. With 4:37 to play in the fourth quarter, her defensive rebound unofficially completed a double-double.
Her defense paved the way, though. Playing atop Lady Comets' 1-3-1 zone press, Donica's length contributed to Holdenville's turnover problems, The Lady Wolverines trailed 22-10 at half. Jolly blocked two shots.
“It's something we've been working on, just to try to use Clary's length and make them throw over the top and then we use our speed,” Dickson coach Josh Talley said. “We do a lot of really good things when she's able to make them throw over the top.
“The effort was there today.”
He added that the Lady Comets need to decrease the amount of unforced turnovers. They can do so by slowing down and running a half-court offense, he said.
Holdenville cut its deficit to single digits a couple times in the fourth quarter. Dickson made just enough free throws to earn a victory.
“It's overwhelming,” Jolly said of earning this win.
Said Goss, “I'm just glad we get to play another day.”
Dickson 7 13 15 10 — 45
Holdenville 4 6 13 8 — 31
Dickson: Clary Donica 19, Hailey Davis 9, Kirstyn Jolly 8, Sienna Young 3, Hanah Nichols 2, Aly Goss 2, Kristina Harwell 2.
Dickson: 1 (Jolly)