Dyersburg tames Tigers, Lady Tigers in sweep

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

After starting the season on the road, both Dyersburg basketball teams are learning how to get on the bus and pick up wins as both the Trojans and Lady Trojans travelled to Lexington on Saturday evening and returned to Dyersburg with wins.

In boys action, the Trojans rallied from a two-point deficit after three quarters to take a 54-48 win over the Tigers. Earlier in the evening, the Lady Trojans controlled the final frame, hitting 9-of-11 free throws on their way to a 54-42 victory.

Dyersburg boys 54, Lexington 48

In a rematch of last season’s Region 7AA quarterfinal, the battle between the Trojans and Tigers almost came down to a final shot for the third straight meeting as Dyersburg got a flurry of points late to get the win.

“It was a good team win for our guys because it took all 10 of them,” Dyersburg head coach Blaine Mahaffey said. “Every one of them that came in contributed in some sort of positive way.

“It was good to see the guys play well. They had a good week of preparation – those younger guys and how they went about it shows they are getting better.”

The Trojans controlled the game early, jumping out to a 14-4 lead at the end of the first quarter with four points each from Malik Currie and Brandon Williams as well as a pair of three-pointers from Kevin Spencer. But, Dyersburg’s offense dried up in the second quarter as the Trojans were limited to five points in the second stanza while Lexington tacked on 17 to take a 21-19 lead at the break.

The Trojans came back stronger in the third quarter, getting a three-pointer and a jumper from Nate Spivey as well as four points from DaMarr Ward to keep pace with the Tigers and trail 36-34 at the end of three quarters. Dyersburg was able to get the lead back finally in the fourth quarter, getting a trio of three-pointers from Spivey to help lead the way as Dyersburg tacked on multiple buckets late to get the win.

“It was a good night all around for us,” Mahaffey said. “We’ll get better and the kids are showing progression.

“Hopefully it will continue to show in the weeks to come.”

Spivey led the way for the Trojans with 14 points while Williams added nine.

Dyersburg girls 54, Lexington 42

After playing to a stalemate through one quarter, the Lady Trojans took the lead in the second frame then gradually pulled away to get the 12-point win.

“We played a really good ball game and it was kind of a grind,” Dyersburg head coach Joel Ayers said. “In the end, we were just fortunate enough to make some free throws and get some key stops.

“We had a big game from several players on different levels.”

Cloe Messer led the way for the Lady Trojans in the opening quarter with six points as Dyersburg and Lexington were tied at 10-10 through the first eight minutes. Freshman KK Howard helped the Lady Trojans take the lead in the second frame, getting a pair of three-pointers and a jumper as Dyersburg led 25-20 at the break.

Two more threes from Howard and six points from Messer pushed the Lady Trojans to a 38-31 lead after three quarters. With Samariah Thompson scoring nine points in the final frame, the Lady Trojans took the win with a 16-point fourth quarter.

“Both our seniors played well in different ways and really not as much in scoring as normal,” Ayers said. “Samariah Thompson did a really good job at the point guard position.

“Faith Sherrow did a really good job all night long blocking out and guarding – just gritty stuff that doesn’t show up in the box score.”

Howard led the way with 19 points for the Lady Trojans while Messer added 17. Thompson chipped in 13 points in the victory.

“KK Howard stepped up and made five threes,” Ayers said. “Just a big game all around in a lot of ways.

“Had a lot of kids with some opportunities put in front of them and they’re growing and doing some things. It was a real good win to go down there on their homecourt and grind one out.”

The Trojans and Lady Trojans return to action tonight when Dyersburg hosts Covington in a rematch of the season opener. Tipoff is set for 6:30 p.m.

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