Seniors fuel Independence over Dickson County on Senior Night
By Austin Stanley, for the Herald
Senior forward, Finis Stribling led his Eagles (11-13, 7-4 11-AAA) with 14 points in a 55-47 win against Dickson County (6-18, 2-9 11-AAA) in his final home game at Independence Tuesday night.
Wednesday, Stribling will sign his National Letter of Intent to play football at the University of Missouri. Eagles basketball coach, Greg Glass says Stribling has been the guy that gets them going all season.
“He’s our energy guy,” Glass said. “He gets a lot of baskets on put backs and transition buckets. He did a good job of rebounding the ball and that’s what he’s been doing for us all year.”
Stribling scored 12 of his 14 points in the paint with several coming off the offensive boards. Freshman Grayson Murphy scored 12 for the Eagles, but other seniors like Bryan Thompson and Calvin Williams added great play.
“I thought Bryan Thompson played well for us,” Glass said. “He was very active on the glass. Deion (Simms) and Grayson (Murphy), they’ve been consistent for us all year long. I thought Calvin Williams did a really good job for us. It was senior night, and he’s gotten better as the season’s progressed. He’s been giving us positive minutes pretty much every game.”
Thompson scored 11 including a big layup late in the fourth quarter when Dickson County was threatening the lead. Williams scored 6 with two jumpers from the short corner early in the second half to quiet a previous Cougar run.
Despite leading 46-32 through three quarters, the fourth quarter didn’t go as smoothly as Glass would have liked. With just under four minutes to play, the Cougars cut the 46-42 with a layup by Tyreik Primm. Buckets by Stribling, Thompson and a pair of free throws by Simms ended any chance of a Cougar comeback.
“They’re a much better team than when we played them the last time,” Glass said. “They did a good job of switching up their defenses, man, zone. They did a good job of disguising and at times we didn’t recognize it. It wasn’t pretty. Credit them. They played hard, they played tough and they never gave up.”
An important season finale for the Eagles Friday at Franklin. Tournament seeding is on the line as the winner of Independence and Franklin gets third place in District 11-AAA.
“This last game, it’s typical District 11,” Glass said. “They’ll be ready to play and we will be too. It should be a good game.”
Lady Cougars ease by Lady Eagles
Dickson County got 17 points from Emily Beard in a convincing 64-36 win at Independence Tuesday night.
The hot shooting Lady Cougars got it going early as they jumped out to a 34-16 half time lead and never let the Lady Eagles back in the game. Payton Grove scored 13 and LeaLea Carter added 9 for Dickson County who used a 20 point fourth quarter to show they weren’t taking the foot off the pedal.
Sydney Escobar was the high scorer for Independence with 11 points. Regan Croff scored 8 with Tia Collard pitching in 6.
Posted on: 2/5/2014