The Macon County Tigers and Tigerettes dealt the DeKalb County High School basketball teams a sour start to the 2008 portion of their basketball schedule. The visiting Tigerettes handed the Lady Tigers a 48-36 setback, Tuesday night in Smithville, while Macon won the district battle of the Tigers, 74-71, in the boys' game.
Macon County stormed out to a 13-2 lead early in the girls' game, but DeKalb County closed the gap to 14-12 by the end of the first period. The Tigerettes increased their lead to seven points in the second, but another Lady Tiger comeback, again, made it a two-point game late in the period. Macon County held a 26-22 edge at the half.
The Tigerettes went up by ten points within the first two minutes of the third period, and the Lady Tigers never got any closer than six points the rest of the way. Macon County led 43-31 at the end of the third, and won by that same 12-point margin as each team scored five points in the fourth period,
Katie Herman scored 10 points to lead DCHS, while Cynthia Woodward and Martha Webb added seven points each. Brooke Bowers led Macon County and all scorers with 15 points.
In the boys' game, Macon County took a 7-2 lead in the game's opening minutes, but a 10-0 DC run gave the local Tigers a five-point lead. DeKalb County led 15-14 at the end of the first period.
The Black and Gold led by as many as 12 points in the second period, and held a 35-24 lead at the half. Macon County's Brandon Tuttle scored 14 of his team's 24 points in the third period, as the visiting Tigers doubled their first half out-put in the third period. Despite the rally, DeKalb County still held to a one-point, 49-48 lead at the end of three.
Macon County grabbed the lead Austin Kemp's basket with 6:23 left in the fourth period. DeKalb County tied the game once more, at 58-58, but Macon out-scored the home team 16-12 down the stretch to pull away for the win.
Payne Denman and John Malone teamed up to knock down ten three-pointers for DeKalb County, and led the team with 20 and 18 points, respectively. Travis Woodward, who fouled out with four and a half minutes to go in the game, added 12 more. Tuttle and Cody Boone scored 22 points apiece for Macon County, while Kemp added 18.
The Lady Tigers fall to 4-10 overall, while the Tigers slip to 6-8. Both DeKalb County teams are 0-4 in district play. DeKalb County visits Cannon County, this Friday night, at 6:00 p.m.