DHS celebrates homecoming with sweep

Friday, January 12, 2018
Lady Trojans defenders Ricci Dyson (left) and KK Howard (right) trap a Lady Bulldog as Howard rips the ball away from her opponent during the Dyersburg win on Thursday night.

JASON PEEVYHOUSE

jpeevyhouse@stategazette.com

The Dyersburg Trojans picked up their second district win in three days as well as their 13th victory in a row on Thursday night as the black and gold celebrated homecoming with a 72-43 win over visiting Milan in the Terry Glover Gymnasium.

“Just as long as guys are getting better and understanding opponents – as long as we’re working towards getting better then obviously, as coaches, we feel like we’re heading in the right direction,” Dyersburg head coach Blaine Mahaffey said. “We’ve got to continue to improve and understand what we’re trying to accomplish and where we’re trying to go with this thing.”

With a big first-quarter effort from senior Brandon Williams who scored 16 points in the first eight minutes of action, the Trojans got off to a strong start to take a 26-8 lead at the end of the opening frame.

Dyersburg added to its lead in the second frame, getting seven points from Malik Currie to help the Trojans take a 42-16 lead into the lockerroom at the half.

The Trojans got a balanced scoring attack in the third quarter including six points by Niko Mann and four points apiece from Williams and Kevin Spencer to push the Dyersburg advantage to 59-32 heading into the final frame.

Dyersburg outscored Milan 13-11 down the stretch to secure the win.

Williams led the way with 12 points for the Trojans while Currie added 10.

The Trojans sit now at 13-3 on the season with a 2-0 mark in 13AA as they get ready to play at home Tuesday night against Westview before traveling to South Gibson on Friday night.

“We’ll come in Sunday afternoon and Monday and turn our attention towards that,” Mahaffey said.

Dyersburg girls 53, Milan 29

A strong second-half effort pushed Dyersburg past Milan to earn the Lady Trojans their second district win of the week.

The Lady Trojans jumped out early, getting a free throw from Breonna Howard followed by three-pointers from Samariah Thompson and Faith Sherrow to take a 7-0 lead with 3:53 left in the first frame. Milan rallied with a pair of buckets from Xzandra Moore to cut the Dyersburg lead to five later in the quarter before late free throws from Thompson and Cloe Messer pushed the Dyersburg lead to 13-4 after one.

Milan bounced back to open the second frame, getting four points from Moore and a three-pointer by Brooklyn Barnes as part of a run to tie the game at 13-13. The Lady Trojans answered with a Mari-Hanna Newsom three-pointer as well as a bucket from Thompson before a late Newsom free throw put Dyersburg on top 19-15 at the half.

Things turned in Dyersburg’s favor in the second half as, after an early Moore basket made it a one-possession game, the Lady Trojans got a Messer putback and a Sherrow three-pointer to spark a 21-4 run through much of the third frame to put Dyersburg on top 40-21 at the end of three quarters.

Milan was able to match Dyersburg early in the fourth quarter but a pair of Messer free throws opened a 9-0 run to end the game and secure the 24-point win by the Lady Trojans.

Messer and Sherrow led the way for the Lady Trojans with 13 points apiece in the win.

Dyersburg returns to action on Tuesday when the No. 8 Lady Trojans welcome second-ranked Westview to the Terry Glover Gymnasium at 6:30 p.m.

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