The DeKalb County High School basketball teams played spoiler for Warren County's Senior Night, Saturday night in McMinnville. The Lady Tigers snapped a 12-game losing streak and beat Warren County for the first time since January, 2000, with a 49-45 win in the girls' contest. The Tigers, meanwhile, beat the Pioneers for the fourth straight time, rallying from an early five-point deficit for a 55-44 victory.
The Lady Tigers fell behind 7-0 within the game's first two minutes, and never led in the first half. Warren County owned a 7-6 edge after a sloppy first period, and carried a 21-19 advantage into the locker room at halftime. Kristina Stephens scored four straight points to open the second half, which gave DeKalb County their first lead of the night. The Lady Tigers extended the margin to seven points, late in the third, but the Lady Pioneers came back to within two, at 30-28, by the end of the period.
The Lady Pioneers tied the game on three occasions in the fourth period, but the Lady Tigers never relinquished the lead. DeKalb County closed out the game with six free throws in the final minute of the contest.
Morgan Page scored a career-high 14 points to lead the Lady Tigers, while Katie Herman and Kristina Stephens each had 11 points. Brooke Bowman scored 18 points to lead Warren County. The Lady Tigers improved to 5-19 with the win, while the Lady Pioneers dropped to 6-18 on the season.
In the nightcap, the Pioneers opened up a 12-7 lead after one period, but the Tigers had a 15-12 edge within the first two minutes of the second period. DeKalb led for most of the second, and carried a 23-18 advantage in at the half.
Warren County came back and tied the game with two minutes left in the third, but the Tigers recovered and took a 32-29 lead by the end of the period. The Pioneers grabbed a 33-32 lead early in the fourth, but a 10-0 DeKalb County run put the Tigers on top for good, as the DC boys pushed the advantage into double figures with two minutes to go in the game.
Seth Willoughby scored 11 points to lead three Tigers in double figures, while John Malone and J.J. Herriott scored ten points apiece. Donta Weir scored 11 points to lead the Pioneers, while Chris Weitzel added ten.
The Tigers finish the regular season with four straight wins and a 14-11 record overall. Warren County lost their last six, and ended the season with a 4-22 mark.
The DeKalb County Lady Tigers will take on Macon County in the District Tournament play-in game, Thursday night, at a site still to be determined. Macon County is the host for the game, but the game will likely not be played in Lafayette, due to Tuesday night's tornado damage.
The Tigers, meanwhile, will play York Institute in the first round of the boys' District Tournament, Friday night at Tennessee Tech's Hooper-Eblen Center. The time for the game will officially be announced on Monday.