The DeKalb County High School Tiger basketball team claimed their first district win of the basketball season, Friday night in Woodbury Travis Woodward scored 18 points, as the Tigers pulled away from the Cannon County Lions, 57-45.
The Tigers never trailed, although the Lions tied the game once and refused to go away quietly. DeKalb County led by nine at one point in the first period, and held a 14-9 lead at the end of the period. The Lions tied the game at 14-14, with 6:23 left in the second period, but the Tigers closed out the half on a 10-2 run, which gave them a 24-16 advantage at the half.
DeKalb County pushed the lead to as many as 17 points in the third period, but Cannon County pulled back to within nine, at 37-28, but the end of the period. The Lions got as close as eight points in the fourth, but it was in the final minutes after DC had opened up a 16-point advantage in the period. The Tigers scored the final four points of the period to seal the win.
Zack Rowland and J.J. Herriott each added 12 points for the Tigers, who improved to 7-8 overall and to 1-4 in district play. The Lions were led by Justin Davenport with 18 points. Cannon County, with the loss, dropped to 7-8 overall and to 1-4 in the district.
In the girls' game, the Lady Tigers played the Lionettes to within four points in the final two minutes of the third period, but Cannon County erupted for 23 points in the final quarter and puled away for a 66-48 win.
After the Lady Tigers scored the first two points of the game, the Lionettes rolled to a 16-4 lead by the end of the first period. The Cannon County lead extended to 19-4, but DeKalb County pulled to within five points, at 20-15, with 1:22 left in the half. The Lionettes led 25-17 at the half.
Cannon County extended to a ten-point lead in the opening minute of the second half, but a 15-9 Lady Tiger advantage made it a 36-32 Lionette lead with just over a minute and a half left in the third period. The Lionettes closed the period out strong, however, out-scoring DC 7-1 to take a ten-point lead into the final period. Cannon County out-scored DeKalb, 23-15 in the fourth to pull away for the win.
Katie Herman scored 19 points to lead the Lady Tigers and all scorers, while Cynthia Woodward added 10. Brittany Brandon and Britta Asbury each scored 15 points to lead four Lionettes in double figures.
The Lady Tigers dropped to 4-11 overall and to 0-5 in district play, while Cannon County improved to 14-5 overall and to 2-3 in the district.
DeKalb County will play at White County, Saturday night at 6:30 p.m. WJLE plans live coverage of the games.