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Lady Hilltoppers fall in Region 1 title game

March 1st, 2007 12:45 am by George Thwaites



KINGSPORT - The shots Nicole Dickson took had a lot to do with her being named MVP of the Region 1-AAA tournament.



The shot the Greeneville phenom didn't take had everything to do with winning the regional championship.



With two seconds left on the clock, Dickson dished it inside to teammate Rachel Collins for the game-winner and the Lady Greene Devils prevailed 33-31 at Sullivan South Wednesday night.



Greeneville (31-3) will host Knox Powell in Saturday's sectionals, while Science Hill (27-9) travels to Oak Ridge. Both games are schedule to begin at 7 p.m.



"We wanted Nicole to take the last shot. Definitely. We always do," said Greeneville coach Stacia Crumbley, who coached the Lady 'Devils to their fifth straight substate appearance and second consecutive during her tenure.



"We wanted Nicole to get it at the high post and Rachel to fall out and Nicole to pass it to her and slide back down. Instead of Rachel falling out she read the defense and got down there."



Dickson, who passed the 1,000-point mark this season as a mere sophomore, scored all of her tournament-low eight points in the second half after getting blanked in the first two quarters by Science Hill's defensive effort.



"I was pretty down. I didn't think I was being as aggressive as the other two nights. I knew I had to play better," Dickson said.



Play better she did. In the final play of the game, Dickson was a split-second from making her move as Science Hill doubled up on her.


"I was getting ready to shoot it but I saw Rachel out of the corner of my eye so I passed it," said Dickson, who grabbed eight boards. "I was proud of her."



It was never more than a two-possession game.


Science Hill led 7-4 at the end of the first quarter and was up 13-10 at the half. Greeneville took the lead on Ashley Deans' put-back at 4:28 in the third period. The Lady Greene Devils took a 26-25 lead into the final quarter.


Science Hill took the lead one last time, 27-26, on Alexis Fields' breaking bucket off Jaimee Hill's assist with 6:10 left to play. Greeneville was up by four again on Morgan Lamons' free throw at 2:29, but with 40.1 seconds remaining, Hill tied it back up 31-31 on her clutch put-back.



Crumbley burned her last two timeouts to get the endgame scenario she wanted.



"Defensively, I thought we did everything we could to give ourselves a chance," said Science Hill coach Darrell Barnwell, who takes the Lady Hilltoppers to the substate for the first time since 1991.


"They just made a great play at the end. They get the ball to Dickson, we kind of ran two people at her and didn't drop on the weak side and they made a great play."



Hill led Science Hill with 12 points, also getting four steals and four rebounds. Jordan Douglas had nine points and five boards.



Collins scored eight for Greeneville, while Deans had nine.



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