Mackenzi Gibson's three-point attempt, with just over a second left in regulation, hit the front of the rim, and the DeKalb County Lady Tiger basketball team came up short against East Robertson in their opening game of the Nera White Christmas Tournament in Lafayette, Thursday evening. The three-pointer would have given the Lady Tigers a one-point lead, with little, if any, time left on the clock, but the Lady Indians escaped with a 53-51 victory.
East Robertson shook off an early DeKalb County lead, and opened up a 12-9 advantage at the end of the opening period. The Lady Indians led by as many as nine points in the second period, and held a 24-18 advantage, at the half.
The Lady Tigers chipped away at the lead, and even took their own largest lead of the game - 35-31 - with 1:24 left in the third period. East Robertson came back, however, and claimed a 40-39 advantage at the end of the third.
DeKalb County never re-gained the lead, and even fell behind by as many as eight points in the fourth period, but came back to cut the deficit to two points, with 50.6 seconds left in regulation. Cynthia Woodward missed the front end of a one-and-one opportunity, which could have tied the game in the closing seconds. Katie Herman rebounded the miss, which set up Gibson's three-point attempt for the win.
Woodward had 15 points to lead the Lady Tigers, while Herman added 13. Kristina Stephens hit ouble figures with 12 points. Keri Mason and Anna Fisher each had 14 points to lead East Robertson.
The Lady Tigers drop to 3-8 on the season, and will play either Westmoreland or Watertown in a loser's bracket game, Friday afternoon, at 3:30 p.m. at Macon County Junior High School.