The DeKalb County High School basketball teams split their reguar season district finales, Friday night, at Smith County. The Lady Tigers suffered a 65-34 setback at the hands of the Owlettes, while the Tigers escaped Carthage with a 56-52 win in the nightcap.
The Lady Tigers led only once in the girls' contest, as they grabbed a 1-0 lead on Kristina Stephens' free throw to open the game. By the end of the opening period, Smith County had a 14-7 lead, and the Owlettes upped the advantage to 28-11 by halftime, led by 6-foot-8 sophomore post, Kayci Ferriss, who had 21 points at the break.
Ferriss went to the bench with foul trouble in the third period, but DeKalb County could not take advantage. The Owlettes pushed the lead to 20, with two and a half minutes to go in the third, and led 46-26 at the end of the period. The Lady Tigers drew no closer than 16 points in the fourth, as the Owlettes pulled away for the big Senior Night win.
Stephens had ten points to lead the Lady Tigers, while Morgan Page added six. Ferriss led the Owlettes and all scorers with 24 points.
The Tigers raced out to a 14-0 lead in the boys' game, and held a 16-6 advantage by the end of the opening period. Smith County got to within eight at one point in the second, but the Tigers pulled out to a 31-18 lead at halftime.
The Owls battled back in the third period, and trimmed the Tiger advantage all the way down to two points by late in the period. Smith County took a 17-8 edge in the period, but DeKalb clung to a 39-35 lead. The Tigers pushed the lead back out to nine by the middle of the fourth, but the Owls had the deficit down to two, once more, with under a minute to play. Timely free throws by the DC boys in the closing moments helped seal the win in the district finale.
Travis Woodward scored 22 points to lead the Tigers, while Zack Rowland added ten. Will Wakefield paced Smith County with 19.
The Tigers even their district record at 6-6, and clinch fourth place in the final regular season district standings, while the Lady Tigers finish the district campaign at 0-12. DeKalb County will close out the regular season, Saturday night, at Warren County. Tip-off of the girls' game will be at 6:30 p.m. with the boys' game to follow. WJLE plans live coverage from McMinnville.