DeKalb Middle School swept their inter-county doubleheader with DeKalb West School, Tuesday night, in the finale of the first annual DeKalb Middle Christmas Classic. The Lady Saints broke open a tight game at halftime, and pulled away from the Lady Bulldogs, 24-9, while the Saints claimed a tough, 41-33 victory in the heated nightcap. The loss was the first of the season for the Bulldogs.
West had a 3-2 lead over DMS after the opening period of the girls' game, as McKenzie Poteete opened the contest with a three-pointer for the Lady Bulldogs, and Lydia Foutch finally put the Lady Saints on the board, with 1:25 to go in the opening period. Middle held West scoreless in the second until the final 33 seconds, as the Lady Saints opened up a 10-3 lead. Samantha Sircy hit a shot for West in the final minute to make it a 10-5 game at the half.
DeKalb Middle shut out the Lady Bulldogs in the third period, as a 10-0 Lady Saints' advantage in the period extended the margin to 20-5 at the end of three. Each team scored four points in the fourth period, as the Lady Saints came away with the win.
Foutch paced the Lady Saints with 14 points, while Cori Jennings added eight. Loren Cripps rounded out the DMS effort with two points. Sircy led the Lady Bulldogs with four points, Poteete added three, while Kayna Caplinger chipped in two.
DeKalb Middle had a 9-7 lead at the end of the first period of the boys' contest, but West rallied for a 12-11 halftime edge, led by Sonni Young's nine first half point. DMS took over the game in the third period, as they out-scored the Bulldogs, 17-7, in the period. The Saints went into the final period with a 28-19 lead.
The Bulldogs did not go quietly, however, as a 14-point DMS lead, with 3:51 to go in the game, was cut down to five, at 36-31, with just 1:40 on the clock. Hunter Graham hit a big basket for the Saints with 1:31 to go, however, and Evan Curtis put the wraps on the DMS win with two free throws in the final ten seconds.
Cody Puckett had 10 points to lead the Saints, while Graham added nine. Stephen Howell tallied eight points, followed by Curtis with seven, Braxton Howell with five, and Dillon Reeder with two. Young led West and all scorers with 22 points, followed by Will Molander with six. Cody Griffith added four points for the Bulldogs, while Zach Martin chipped in a free throw.