DeKalb splits with border rival, Cannon County

February 1, 2008

The DeKalb County High School basketball teams split a district doubleheader with Cannon County, Friday night in Smithville. The Lady Tigers rallied from an early 12-point deficit and pulled to within a single point of the Lionettes in the second period, but the Cannon girls pulled away late for a 58-46 win. In the nightcap, the Tigers found themselves in an early five-point hole, but the local team took command of the game and rolled on to a 57-38 win.

Cannon County scored the first seven points of the girls game, and rolled up a 19-7 advantage late in the first period. The Lady Tigers scored the last five points of the period, and trailed 19-12 by the end of the first. A 9-2 Lady Tiger run pulled DeKalb to within a point, with 3:50 left in the half, but the Lionettes closed out the period with a 10-2 run, and claimed a 32-23 halftime edge.

The Lady Tigers continued to play catch-up in the second half, and drew no closer than six points the rest of the way. Cannon County led 41-31 at the end of three periods, but DeKalb County did inch to within six in the game's final minutes. The Lionettes put the game away at the free throw line, as freshman guard, Emily Sissom, made 7-of-8 foul shots in the final minute.

Katie Herman led DeKalb County with 15 points, while Victoria Bennett added 13. Sissom led Cannon County with 16 points.

The Lions darted out to a 6-1 lead in the boys' game, but the Tigers closed out the first period on a 10-2 run, which gave the home team an 11-8 lead. Cannon County pulled to within three, again, in the second period, but that's as close as the game would be the rest of the way. DeKalb County out-scored the Lions 16-6 from that point in the period, and led 32-19 at the half.

The Tigere continued to pour it on in the second half, as they led 45-28 at the end of the third period, and pushed the lead past 20 points in the final quarter.

Travis Woodward scored 19 points to pace the Tigers, while Cody Ruehlen had 11 points for the Lions.

The Tigers even their season record at 11-11, and improve to 4-6 in the district, while the Lady Tigers drop to 4-18 overall, and to 0-10 in district play. DeKalb County will host York Institute, Tuesday night, at 6:00 p.m. WJLE will not be broadcasting the game, due to live coverage of Tuesday's election returns, which will begin at 7:00 p.m.

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