Tigers tame Owls; Lady Tigers lose close one

January 20, 2009

The DeKalb County High School basketball teams split a district doubleheader in Carthage against Smith County, Tuesday night.

The Lady Tigers put up a valiant fight in the gymnasium where they last won a district basketball game, but fell to the Smith County Lady Owls, 41-28. The Tigers, meanwhile, never trailed in the nightcap, and rolled to a 64-47 victory, which snapped their three-game district losing streak.

The Lady Tigers scored their first four points of the girls' game, and held Smith County scoreless for the first 4:45 of the opening period. The Lady Owls battled back, however, and took an 8-6 lead at the end of the poening period. Smith County led by as many as six points in the second, before DeKalb County cut it to a one-point game, at 17-16, at the half.

DeKalb scored the first basket of the second half, and took an 18-17 lead, but that would be the last Lady Tiger lead of the night. Smith County went ahead on the next possesion, and extended the margin to 26-22 at the end of the third period. The Lady Owls finally went up by ten points with three minutes to go in the game, and sealed the win by hitting 9-of-15 free throws down the stretch.

Martha Webb led DeKalb County with 10 points, followed by Victoria Bennett with seven. Smith County's 6-foot-8 junior post, Kayci Ferriss, led all scorers with 21 points.

The Lady Tigers drop to 5-13 overall and to 0-6 in district play, while Smith County improves to 16-4 overall and 4-2 in the district.

The Tigers jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the first minute of the boys' contest, and had a double-digit lead by the midway point of the first period. DeKalb County led 20-10 at the end of the quarter, and led by as many as 15 in the second, before settling for a 34-21 lead at the half.

The lead grew to 49-31 by the end of the third period, and the Tigers led by as many as 20 in the fourth period. Smith County closed to within 13 late in the game, but the Tigers fought off the rally to win, 64-47.

Hunter Poteete led the Tigers with 16 points, while Payne Den,man added 13. J.J. Herriott also hit double-figures with 10. Corey Carver led Smith County and all scorers with 22 points.

The Tigers improve to 11-7 overall and to 2-4 in the district, while the Owls drop to 4-13 overall and to 0-6 in district play.

DeKalb County will visit Monterey for a pair of non-district games, Friday night. Tip-off is slated for 6:00 p.m. and WJLE plans live coverage.

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