Clarksville hosted Dickson County on Tuesday night for opening night of the basketball season.
Clarksville was able to complete the sweep with wins of 71-51 in the boys’ game and 71-55 in the girls’ game.
Imari Berry led the Lady Cats with 27 points as Angel Martin scored 12 and Alexis Wimberly was in double digits with 10 as well.
“Opening night is always an exciting time,” said Clarksville Lady Wildcats coach Brian Rush. “The girls were itching to get out there and play somebody instead of practicing and I thought they came out and played well, we definitely had a lot of energy there in the first half.”
Dickson County had three girls in double digits as well with Jada Davidson scoring 16, including 11 in the third quarter and Rylee Moore scoring 14, followed by AC Milam, who scored 13.
“We pouted a little bit at the beginning but I was very proud of how we came out in the second half and fought back,” said Dickson County Lady Cougars coach Erin Webb. “We’ve got to play like that the whole game, though. I’m hoping that we see we can play like that. We’ve got to change our mindset so we can step up and play the way we can.”
After getting out to a 25-9 lead by the end of the first quarter, Clarksville looked to make it a blowout, but the Lady Cougars were able to keep it respectable, even getting Clarksville’s lead down to ten. But, in the end, the Lady Cats were just too tough to hold off.
In the boys’ game, it was much of the same. Clarksville took a 35-22 lead to the half and never really allowed Dickson a chance to come back. The experience and talent of the Wildcats, a team that made it to the TSSAA State Tournament a season ago, was just too much to handle for the young Dickson County Cougars.
“I thought our quickness and our movement defensively was very strong,” said Clarksville Wildcats coach Ted Young. “That team, Dickson, is going to be a very good team offensively, but we were able to shut down a lot of what they do and made them go to their third, fourth and fifth option on offense.”
When asked about tempering expectations for a team that was in the state tournament just a season ago, Ted Young said: “Well, we missed our first four free throws, so that’ll be sprints in practice tomorrow,” with a rye smile. “We’ve got some guys that know what it takes to win but I’m happy with an opening night win against a quality opponent.”
Jahiem Berry led Clarksville with 20 while JJ Wheat scored 16. Arnett Hines and Kellen Howard both finished with double digits as the duo scored 10 each.
Dickson County’s Josh Cope led the Cougars in scoring with 17. Cope scored 15 of his points in the second half.
Dickson County will be back on the court next week on Tuesday, November 23 as the Cougars will travel to Page. Clarksville is scheduled to be back on the court on Tuesday as well as they travel to Northwest.