The DeKalb County High School basketball teams went in different directions, Friday night in Gordonsville. The Lady Tigers were on the short end of a 48-27 score, while the Tigers took their Gordonsville counterparts to the wood shed, 66-39.
The Lady Tigers held the lead just once in their game against the host Tigerettes. Cynthia Woodward hit a three-pointer to open the game, but Gordonsville rallied to take a 7-3 lead by the end of the first period. DeKalb County would not score another basket until the 5:42 mark of the second period, and trailed 9-5 at that point. The Tigerettes ended the half on a 13-0 run, and led the Lady Tigers 22-5 at the intermission.
Gordonsville pushed the lead to 20 points with three minutes left in the third period, and held a 34-13 advantage at the end of the third. DeKalb County opened the fourth with back-to-back three pointers, which sliced the Tigerette lead to 15, but Gordonsvile out-scored DC 14-8 the rest of the way to wrap up the win.
Cynthia Woodward had 12 points to lead the Lady Tiger effort, while Victoria Bennett added seven. Taryn Smith scored 14 points to lead Gordonsville.
In the nightcap, the DeKalb Tigers never trailed the Gordonsville Tigers, as DC raced out to a 13-1 lead at the end of the opening period, and did not allow a Gordonsville field goal until the 4:20 mark of the second period. By that point, the Black and Gold held a 21-10 lead, which ballooned to a 29-13 advantage with 2:30 left in the half. DeKalb led 34-22 at the intermission.
Gordonsville started the second half on an 8-2 run, which pulled them to within six - at 36-30 - with 4:12 left in the period. But DeKalb County closed out the third period on an 18-2 run, and led 54-32 by the end of the stanza. DC also scored the first eight points of the fourth period, and owned a 62-32 lead by the time Gordonsville halted their drought with 2:40 left in the game. DeKalb out-scored their hosts, 12-7, in the final period.
Payne Denman and Cody Atnip each scored 13 points to pace DeKalb County, while Seth Willoughby added 12. C.J. Vaden led Gordonsville with 10 points.
The Tigers improve to 4-2 on the season, while the Lady Tigers drop to 3-3. DeKalb County will open district play at Upperman, Tuesday night, at 6:00 p.m.