Tigers survive Senior Night scare

February 13, 2009

The DeKalb County High School basketball teams recognized their senior members during the final home game of the regular season, Friday night, against the visiting Smith County Owls and Owlettes. The Owlettes spoiled Senior Night for the Lady Tigers, with a 64-18 rout of the DC ladies, but the Tigers salvaged a split with a 55-51 come-from-behind win over the Owls in the nightcap.

The Tigers had to battle back from an 11-point fourth period deficit to win their game, as the Owls led all the way up until the final 3:15 of regulation. Smith County jumped out to a 12-2 lead at the end of the first period, as DeKalb County did not score in the first six-and-a-half minutes of the game. The Tigers closed to within six at the half, at 21-15, but the Owl pushed the lead back to 11 points in the third period. DC got to within eight, at 33-25, at the end of the third.

Smith County held a 36-25 early in the fourth, and led, 41-31, with 4:58 left in regulation. The TIgers used a 12-0 run from that point to take their first lead of the game, at 43-41. DeKalb County took the lead for good with 1:45 left in the game, and out-scored the Owls, 30-18, in the fourth to complete the comeback win.

Abram Edwards equaled his career-high of 19 points before fouling out in the game's final 20 seconds. Payne Denman and Seth Willoughby each added 11, while Ryan Allen led Smith County with 12 points.

The Tigers finish the district regular season with a 5-7 record, and are 15-10 overall for the season. The DC boys will be the number-four seed for the upcoming District 7-AA Tournament, and will open the tournament against fifth-seeded Cannon County, next Friday night, February 20th, at 8:30 p.m. at Tennessee Tech's Hooper-Eblen Center. Smith County, meanwhile, finishes 6-19 overall, and 1-11 in the district.

Meanwhile, the Owlettes led wire-to-wire in the girls' contest. A 13-0 run in the opening period propelled Smith County to a 19-7 lead at the end of the first. DeKalb County was held scoreless in the second period, as the Owlettes pulled out to a 37-7 lead at the half. The lead extended to 51-12 after three, and Smith County rolled on to the 64-18 victory.

Kristina Stephens scored six points to lead the Lady Tigers, while Victoria Bennett added four. Caroline Owen led Smith County with 26 points, while Kayci Ferriss added 16.

The Lady Tigers finish the district season at 0-12, and are 5-20 overall on the season. The DeKalb girls will travel to Lafayette on Thursday night, February 19th, to play Macon County in the District Tournament play-in game, at 6:00 p.m. Smith County finishes 21-7 in the regular season, and 7-5 in district play.

DeKalb County High School will wrap up the regular season, Saturday night, at 6:30 p.m. at Warren County. WJLE plans live coverage.

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