The DeKalb County High School basketball team lost a pair of games in Lafayette to the Macon County Tigers and Tigerettes, Tuesday night. The Lady Tigers dropped a 58-40 decision, while the Tigers were defeated, 63-59, in a tight district battle.
The Lady Tigers jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the girls' contest, but Macon County swished four first period three-pointers, and led 14-8 by the end of the period. The Tigerettes added three more long-range shots in the second, and out-scored DeKalb, 18-4, to take a commanding 32-12 halftime lead.
Macon County continued to extend the advantage in the third period, as they pushed the lead to 45-18 by out-scoring the Lady Tigers, 13-6. DeKalb County took a 22-13 edge in the fourth period, but it wasn't enough to overcome the large deficit.
Cynthia Woodward led the Lady Tigers with nine points, while Martha Webb added eight points. Katie Herman, Kristina Stephens and Mercedes Luna each added five, while Morgan Page and Nikki Bass had four points apiece. Katelyn Gregory led Macon County with 18 points.
In the boys' game, there were four lead changes in a wild first period, as the Macon Tigers held a 22-21 edge after the period. The tempo slowed down in the second, but the lead changed hands another six times. Macon County ended the period with five unanswered points, however, and led 39-33 at the half.
DeKalb County played catch-up the entire second half, as the Black and Gold Tigers would not lead again. Macon County led by as many as eight points in the third period, and carried a 49-44 advantage into the fourth period. The Tigers pulled within two points in the game's final two minutes, but Macon County made 8-of-12 free throws in the closing moments to seal the win.
John Malone scored 18 points to lead DeKalb County, while Payne Denman added 11. Hunter Stewart also hit double figures for the Tigers, with 10 points, followed by J.J. Herriott and Travis Woodward with six points apiece, Seth Willoughby tallied four, Hunter Poteete tossed in two, while Zack Rowland chipped in a free throw. Austin Kemp and Kyle Grace each scored 14 points to lead Macon County.
The Tigers drop to 10-11 overall and to 3-6 in the district, while the Lady Tigers slip to 4-17 overall and to 0-9 in district play. DCHS will host Cannon County, Friday night, at 6:00 p.m. WJLE plans live coverage.