Dixie Hounded by Mohawks
J. C. Tilton
Dixie played a hard fought defensive game against the Madison Mohawks. It is Madison's style to slow down the tempo and play a half court game. Dixie on the other hand likes to play like their mascot, the greyhound and run the court. Their trademark is to get points off of transition. Dixie was able to lead for almost the entire game, but were unable to shake the Mohawks off their tail. They stayed on their heels to the end.
The score was knotted at 11 at the end of the first quarter, but by halftime Dixie had a three point lead. The 3rd quarter was a defensive struggle as Dixie would score 6 and Madison just 4 to give Dixie their biggest lead of the night. Madison's zone defense was stingy and hard to penetrate. The hard driving Greyhounds like to take the ball to the hoop, but were called for offensive charges 6-7 times. They had to adjust to the game as it was called. In the fourth quarter it was time for Madison to make their run. Late in the quarter they were able to tie the ball game. Coach Miller had the team pressing and Jared Moore was able to make a key steal and then he was fouled when he went up for the shot. He again gave Dixie the lead. Kummer also had a chance to toe the line and added to the lead. As the clock wound down, Dixie held off the Mohawk challenge and won 37-34.
Coach Miller described the game as a real barn burner. He was real pleased with the team defense - “that's what really kept us in the game.” He also emphasized that it was a team victory - although some players made key plays in the stretch, Johnny Adams did a great job scoring and Ben Spahr pulled in 7-8 rebounds. He added that the foul shots made the difference, the team hit them when they were most needed. Dixie is now 3-0, 1-0 in their league. They will play another league game against Waynesville on Wednesday. They will be off over the holidays.
Scoring for Dixie: Adams 15, Kummer 5, McBain 9, Moore 4, Spahr 4. Comments: email: Chris Tilton