The Upperman Bees and Lady Bees came to Smithville, Tuesday night, and blistered the DeKalb County High School basketball teams in their district openers. The Lady Bees shook off a slow start, and thumped the Lady Tigers, 73-24, while the Bees blew open the boys' game in the second half, and blew out the Tigers, 72-48.
The Lady Tigers played toe-to-toe with Upperman for most of the first period, and the DC girls rallied from an early deficit to tie the game at 8-8, late in the period. The Lady Bees closed out the period on a 5-1 run, to take a 13-9 lead. The game would not get any closer, however, as Upperman out-scored DeKalb, 29-8, in the secon period. The Lady Tigers would not connect on another field goal until the final 1:08 of the fourth period, and Upperman cruised to victory.
Morgan Page had nine points to lead the Lady Tigers, who dropped to 1-3 overall. Katie Herman added six, Cynthia Woodward tallied five, while Kristina Stephens and Martha Webb chipped in two points apiece. LaShay Davis poured in 30 points to lead Upperman.
The Tigers fell behind 17-12 in the first period of the boys' game, but rallied to take the lead on a couple of occasions late in the second period. Upperman came back, however, and claimed a 34-30 halftime advantage, and upped their lead to ten, at 51-41, through three periods. DeKalb County didn't score a point in the final period until 3:18 left on the clock. By that point, Upperman had built a 20-plus point lead, and the visitors rolled on to the one-sided win.
Travis Woodward led the Tigers with 14 points, while John Malone hit double figures with 10. Hunter Poteete had eight points, followed by Hunter Stewart and Seth Willoughby with four apiece, J.J. Herriott and Payne Denman with three each, and Dustin Jennings with two points. Dustin Baxter led the Bees and all scorers with 23 points. The Tigers drop to 2-2 overall with the loss.
DeKalb County will travel to Jamestown to play York Institute, Friday night, starting at 6:00 p.m.