Kaycie Ferriss almost single-handedly took down the DeKalb County High School Lady Tiger basketball team, Tuesday night in Smithville, while the Tigers took out the Owls in the nightcap for their second straight district win.
Ferriss, the 6-foot-8 sophomore sensation, scored 35 points, 26 in the first half, as the Lady Owls scored a 47-39 victory. Ferriss scored 18 points in the first period, as Smith County rolled out to a 20-10 lead. Cynthia Woodward hit a three-pointer to end the first half, as the Lady Owls carried a 28-19 lead into the locker room.
Ferriss did not score in the third period, but the DeKalb girls made up very little ground. The Lady Tigers earned a 7-6 advantage in the period, but Smith County still led, 34-26, at the end of the third. DeKalb County got as close as six points in the game's final minute, but Ferriss and Lindsey Angel sealed the win for the Lady Owls at the free throw line, combining to hit 5-of-6 in the closing seconds.
Katie Herman led the Lady Tigers with 14 points, while Woodward added 11. DeKalb County dropped to 4-13 overall and to 0-6 in the district. Smith County improved to 16-6 overall and to 2-4 in district play.
In the nightcap, Smith County opened up the game with a 2-0 lead, but it would be the one and only time the Owls led in a 67-48 DeKalb County victory. The Tigers scored nine unanswered points after the opening basket, and had a 20-11 lead by the end of the first period. DC led by as many as 21 in the second period, and owned a 39-24 advantage at the half.
Smith County closed to within 12 points in the third period, but that's as close as the game ever got in the second half. Each team scored 15 points in the third period, and the Tigers concluded the game with a 13-9 edge in the fourth period.
Zack Rowland scored 19 points to lead the Tigers, Payne Denman added 13, while Travis Woodward tallied 10 points. Will Wakefield led Smith County with 19 points.
Both DeKalb County and Smith County are 8-9 overall and 2-4 in the district, after Tuesday night's games.
The DCHS basketball teams will step out of district to play Monterey, Friday night in Smithville. Tip-off of the girls' game will be at 6:00 p.m. with boys' action to follow. WJLE will have live coverage.