A solid first half performance wasn't enough to propel the DeKalb County High School Lady Tiger basketball team into the next round of the District 7-AA Tournament. The Lady Tigers had a seven-point lead at halftime in Thursday's play-in round game at Macon County, but a poor second half sent the DeKalb County girls packing, as the host Tigerettes rallied for a 62-46 victory.
Cynthia Woodward scored 16 first half points for the Lady Tigers, who held a 14-13 lead at the end of the first period, and opened up the advantage to seven points - at 31-24 - at the half. A 14-2 Macon County run to open the third period gave the host Tigerettes the lead for good. Macon out-scored DeKalb, 22-6, in the third period to go up, 46-37, at the end of the third period, and the Tigerettes closed out the game with a 16-9 edge in the fourth.
Woodward ended the night with 18 points to lead DeKalb County, while senior, Victoria Bennett, scored 13 points in her Lady Tiger finale. Martha Webb added 10 points, Kristina Stephens and Nikki Bass each tossed in two, while Mercedes Luna chipped in a free throw. Calamity Jane Coley led Macon County and all scorers with 21 points, while Brooke Bowers added 19 for the Tigerettes.
The season ends for the Lady Tigers with a final record of 5 wins and 22 losses.
Macon County, meanwhile, improves to 13-15, and will take on Smith County, the number-three seed on the girls' side of the tournament, Friday at 4:00 p.m. at Tennessee Tech's Hooper-Eblen Center. That game will be the first of four games on the schedule for Friday.
In Thursday night's boys' District Tournament play-in game, Smith County, the number-seven boys' seed, upended sixth-seeded, York Institute, 65-51, to move on to Friday's 5:30 p.m. game at Tech against third-seeded, Macon County.
In other Friday match-ups, York Institute and Cannon County will square off in the girls' four versus five game at 7:00 p.m., while the DeKalb County Tigers will take on the Cannon County Lions, Friday night at 8:30 p.m. in the boys' number-four versus number-five game.
WJLE plans live coverage of the DeKalb County High School game at 8:30 p.m.