The DeKalb County High School Tiger basketball team evened the season series with the Upperman Bees, with a 54-50 win, Tuesday night in Baxter. The Bees stung the Tigers, 72-48, back on December 4th in Smithville. The Tigers have won now three straight district games and four of their last five overall.
Upperman led throughout the opening period, and held an 11-10 lead at the end of the first. DeKalb County grabbed the lead early in the second, but the Bees re-claimed the upper hand and led by as many as five points in the period. Upperman held a 27-24 edge at the half.
DeKalb County, again, took the lead in the third period, but once more, the Bees came back. The margin remained three points in favor of the Baxter school heading into the fourth period, as Upperman led, 42-39, going into the fourth. Zack Rowland gave DeKalb their first fourth period lead, with 4:25 to go in regulation, then gave the Tigers the lead for good with a basket at the 3:36 mark. John Malone scored on a lay-up, set up by a J.J. Herriott steal, with just over 30 seconds to play, which gave the Tigers a 53-47. Upperman scored three more points in the final seconds, but Rowland hit a free throw in the closing seconds to put the game out of reach.
Travis Woodward had 13 points to lead DeKalb County, while Rowland and Herriott each added nine. Carrin Nash led Upperman with 20 points. The Tigers improved to 10-9 overall and to 3-4 in the district, while the Bees slipped to 13-8 overall and to 5-3 in district play.
In the girls' game, Upperman proved themselves worthy of the number-eight ranking in the state in Class AA, with a 53-19 rout of the Lady Tigers, who lost their seventh game in a row.
The game was tied only once, at 2-2 in the early moments, and the Lady Bees never trailed After the score was tied, Upperman reeled off nine unanswered points, and held a 14-6 lead by the end of the first period. The margin grew to 36-11 at the half, and to 51-15 through three periods. The Lady Tigers out-scored the Lady Bees 4-2 in the fourth period, as the clock ran continuously due to the mercy rule.
Katie Herman and Martha Webb each scored six points to lead the Lady Tigers, who fell to 4-15 overall and to 0-7 in District 7-AA. Upperman was led by Karissa Dyer's 13 points. The Lady Bees improved to 19-6 on the season, and to 7-1 in the district.
DeKalb County will play at Livingston Academy, this Friday night, at 6:00 p.m.