The DeKalb County Tigers and the Livingston Academy Wildcats will compete for the Championship of the District 8AA high school basketball tournament Tuesday night at Cookeville High School.
The Tigers punched their ticket to the title game after defeating the Cannon County Lions 69 to 60 Saturday night. Livingston Academy made it to the championship game by beating Upperman 55 to 53 Saturday evening.
In the tournament semi-finals Saturday night, the Tigers led Cannon County 16 to 11 after the first period and 36 to 29 by halftime, outscoring the Lions 20 to 18 in the second period. Cannon County outscored the Tigers 18 to 16 in the third period cutting the DC advantage to a five point lead by the end of three at 52 to 47. But in the fourth quarter, DeKalb County outgunned the Lions 17 to 13 and won 69 to 60
Braxton Atnip scored 25 to lead the Tigers in scoring. Sonni Fullilove had 10 points. Ethan Roller and Zach Vincent each scored 9. Lucas Phillips 7. Justin Bone 6 and Will Molander with 3.
The tournament championship game between DeKalb County and Livingston Academy tips off Tuesday night at 7:30 p.m. The consolation game between Cannon County and Upperman will be Tuesday at 6:00 p.m.
Meanwhile in the girls tournament, the Cannon County Lionettes defeated York Institute in the semi-finals Saturday night 53 to 42 while Livingston Academy beat Upperman 51 to 34. Cannon County and Livingston Academy will compete for the tournament championship Monday night at 7:30 p.m. while York Institute and Upperman will meet in the consolation game Monday night at 6:00 p.m.
All games will be played at Cookeville High School.