The Upperman Bees and Lady Bees welcomed the DeKalb County High School basketball teams to Baxter, Tuesday night, and sent the Tigers and Lady Tigers packing with a pair of district losses. The games were the District 7-AA openers for both DCHS teams.
The Lady Bees handed the Lady Tigers a 73-29 blowout in the first game., while the Bees shook off the pesky Tigers in a 67-48 decision in the nightcap.
Upperman never trailed in either contest, as the Lady Bees stormed out to a 5-0 lead, and owned a 26-10 edge after the first period, and Upperman pulled ahead by 30 — at 46-16 at the half. It was a 65-21 advantage for the Lady Bees through three, and each team scored eight points in the final period, as the clock ran continuously due to the mercy rule.
Victoria Bennett scored eight points to lead DeKalb County while Cynthia Woodward and Katy England each added six. LaShay Davis led Upperman with 18 points, while Jennifer Maynard and Alyson Roberts each hit double figures with 15.
The Lady Tigers drop to 3-4 on the season, while Upperman improves to a perfect 7-0.
The Bees, meanwhile, ran out to a 19-10 lead at the end of the opening period, and led 36-25 at the half, after leading by as many as 14 in the second period. The Tigers trimmed the Upperman lead all the way down to three, at 43-40, with 2:20 left in the third period, but the Bees took control of the game from that point on. Upperman out-scored the Tigers, 24-9, the rest of the way to run away with the victory.
Seth Willoughby scored 21 points to lead the Tigers, who dropped to 4-3 on the season, while J.J. Herriott added nine. Carrin Nash scored 20 points to lead the Bees, while Kelsey Hamlet tallied 16. Upperman improved their season record to 5-1.
DeKalb County will return home on Friday night to host York Institute. Game time is 6:00 p.m.