LONE GROVE — Despite a furious fourth quarter rally by Dickson, the Lone Grove Lady Longhorns outlasted the Comets 52-45, Friday night, improving to 2-0 on the season.

LONE  GROVE — Despite a furious fourth quarter rally by Dickson, the Lone Grove Lady Longhorns outlasted the Comets 52-45, Friday night, improving to 2-0 on the season. 

The Lady Horns pushed the pace to start the game and took another commanding first quarter lead, outscoring the Comets 16-4. And while Dickson would have runs of their own, the Horns always had an answer.

“I thought Dickson did a really good job late of pressuring and fighting back,” Lone Grove coach Jeff Word said. 

“But we never lost the lead, they’d come back on us and we’d find an answer. I’m really proud of them.”

Lone Grove’s Madison Anderson got the Horns going with nine first quarter points, finishing with a team-high 16 points in the win. 

The Horns pushed their lead to 28-14 at the halftime break, but the Comets came to life in the second half. 

In the third quarter, the Comets held the Horns to just six points, but after going on a 6-1 run to cut the lead to single digits, Lone Grove senior Taleigh Nail drained a big three to put an end to Dickson’s run to go into the fourth quarter with a 34-23 lead.

Dickson’s rally was in large part due to Dickson senior Donica Clary. The  senior forward registered several emphatic rejections on defense and scored 14 of her 17 points in the second half.

Lone Grove got out to its biggest lead early in the fourth quarter after sophomore Abbi Atkinson hit a pair of three pointers, and later found Anderson on a layup to give the Horns a 38-30 lead. Atkinson finished with 15 points. 

But with just 2:54 remaining, the Comets caught fire, finishing the game with a furious rally to make things interesting at the Gary Scott Sports Complex. 

Dickson’s Keely King hit a three pointer to get the rally started and on the next possession, Donica Clary added fuel to the fire, hitting a contested fadeaway three to cut the lead to 48-36. King finished with 14 points in the game. 

The Comets full court press and swarming defense cut the lead to as few as five, but Anderson put the game away with a pair of clutch free throws.

Lone Grove was scheduled to play Calera on the road Saturday.

Dickson (1-1) will return to action Tuesday against Comanche on the road.