Payne Denman hit two free throws with 3.8 seconds left on the clock, and Cannon County's Jarred Nave had a three-pointer rattle out of the rim at the buzzer, as the DeKalb County High School Tiger basketball team edged the Cannon County Lions, 69-66, in Woodbury, Friday night. The Lions had squeaked out a 70-69 win over the Tigers in Smithville, back on January 16th.
Denman's free throws were set up after Hunter Stewart had drawn an offensive foul on Cannon County's Justin Davenport, with 4.6 seconds left, and the Tigers on top, 67-66. Abram Edwards had given DC the lead late in the fourth, after the Tigers had rallied from a six-point deficit earlier in the period.
Cannon County led 17-14 at the end of a back-and-forth first period, but DeKalb rallied and opened up a 26-19 lead, midway through the second. The Lions closed the gap to a single point at the half, as the Tigers went to the locker room clinging to a 31-30 lead. DeKalb County opened up a five-point lead, early in the third, but the Lions rallied and went up, 50-47, at the end of the period.
The Tigers found themselves on the short end of a 53-47 score in the early moments of the fourth period, but came back to tie the game, 57-57, with 3:20 remaining. The game was tied three times in the final 3:20. Hunter Poteete put DC up, 65-63, with a basket off a steal, with a minute remaining, but Nave put the Lions up by one with a three-pointer on the ensuing Lion possession. That sequence set up the Edwards basket, which put DeKalb ahead for good in the final seconds.
Denman ended the night with 18 points to lead the TIgers, while Edwards tallied 15. Matthew Stluka nailed six three-pointers and scored 24 points to lead Cannon County and all scorers. Justin Davenport added 15 for the Lions.
The Tigers improve to 13-10 overall and to 3-7 in the district, while the Lions fall to 11-13 overall and to 5-5 in district play.
Meanwhile, Cannon County won the girls' contest, 61-42, behind Emily Sissom's 28 points.
The Lionettes rolled out to a 4-0 lead, but DeKalb County answered with five straight points and led on three separate occasions in the opening period. Cannon County had a 13-10 advantage at the end of the first, and never trailed again. The Lady Tigers got to within a point in the second period, but the Lionettes had a 27-20 lead by halftime.
The Lady Tigers pulled to within three points to start the second half, but Cannon County used an 11-0 run to open up a 38-24 advantage, with 4:50 left in the third, and the Lionettes led, 44-29, by the end of the period. Cannon closed out the game with a 17-13 edge in the fourth period.
Cynthia Woodward scored 16 points to lead DeKalb County, while Kristina Stephens added 10.
The Lady Tigers drop to 5-18 overall and to 0-10 in the district, while Cannon County improves to 15-9 on the season, and to 5-5 in district play.
DeKalb County will travel to Jamestown to take on York Institute, Tuesday night, at 6:00 p.m. WJLE will have live coverage.