The DeKalb Middle School Saints and DeKalb West Bulldogs each fought off slow starts to advance in the James C. Haile State Invitational Tournament on Saturday. The final outcome was not so rosy for the DeKalb Middle Lady Saints, however, as they were eliminated in their first round game.
The Saints hit the court first on Saturday at Middle TN Christian School in Murfreesboro, rallied from an early deficit and routed the Burks Middle School Panthers, 47-26. Cody Puckett led a balanced DMS attack with 12 points, as the Saints had to rally from a 10-6 deficit, midway through the second period. Using good defensive pressure, the Saints closed out the second on a 12-0 run, and led 18-10 at the half.
Matthew Stluka scored 22 points and hit a three-pointer with ten seconds remaining in the fourth period, as the Cannon County Lions edged the DeKalb County Tigers, 70-69, in a District 7-AA border clash, Friday night, in Smithville.
An additional four seconds ran off the clock after a DeKalb County timeout upon Stluka's shot, but the clock was not reset. The Tigers got the ball with 6.5 seconds remaining, and Hunter Poteete fired a three-pointer which bounced off the rim as time expired.
The Lions hit a total of 14 three-pointers in the game, including six in the first period, as they opened up a 24-10 lead. The Tigers cut the Cannon advantage down to five in the last minute of the first half, but the Lions went to the locker room with a 35-28 lead. DeKalb County got as close as three points in the third period, but the Lions extended the lead again, opening up a 54-46 lead at the end of the quarter.
The DeKalb West and DeKalb Middle basketball teams will open play in the James C. Haile State Invitational Tournament, this Saturday (January 17th). All games in the tournament will be played at Middle TN Christian School in Murfreesboro.
The Saints will take on the winner of Burks Middle School and Celina on Saturday morning, at 9:45 a.m., in the quarterfinal round of the boys' Large Division. The Saints have a bye in the first round, while Burks and Celina will play Thursday night at 6:30 p.m. Should the Saints win their game on Saturday, they would play in the semi-final round on Monday, at 11:00 a.m. The finals of the boys' Large Division will be played on Monday, January 26th, at 6:45 p.m.
The boys' Large Division bracket lines up as follows:
Thursday, January 15th
Game 1 - Burks Middle vs. Celina - 6:30 p.m.
Game 2 - Algood vs. Rickman - 7:45 p.m.
Saturday, January 17th
Game 3 - DeKalb Middle vs. Game 1 Winner - 9:45 a.m.
The DeKalb County High School basketball teams dropped a district doubleheader in Lafayette, Tuesday night. The Lady Tigers lost the opener to the Macon County Tigerettes, 65-51, while the Tigers dropped a 69-53 decision to the Macon boys in the nightcap.
Cynthia Woodward scored 19 points to lead the Lady Tigers, who had a 10-8 lead, late in the first period, but trailed, 16-12, by the end of the first. DeKalb pulled to within two points to open the second period, and cut the Macon lead to a single point on two other occasions, but could draw no closer to the host, Tigerettes. Macon County carried a 28-23 lead into the locker room at halftime, and pushed the lead into double figures by the midway point of the third period.
Freshman post, Calamity Jane Coley scored 11 points in the third, as Macon opened up a 47-37 lead at the end of the period. Macon out-scored DeKalb, 18-14, in the fourth period to pull away for the district win.
Senior linebacker, Chris Odom, was named the 2008 DCHS Football Most Valuable Player at Saturday night's awards banquet, sponsored by the DCHS Quarterback Club. Odom led the Tiger defense in tackles, this past season, was an All-Region selection, the Upper Cumberland's Best Linebacker, and was considered for Dream Team and All Mid-State honors, this season, as well. Odom was a four-year member of the Tiger football team. The Tigers set many program records en route to final record of 9-3 in 2008.
Meanwhile, DCHS senior, Avarie Maynard, was named Most Valuable Cheerleader for the 2008 football season. Maynard was a senior captain, a four-year member of the cheerleading squad, and one of only three seniors on the 2008 DCHS football cheerleading squad.
The DeKalb County High School basketball teams opened the 2009 portion of their basketball schedule by splitting a pair of non-district home games with Watertown. The Lady Tigers dropped their new year's opener, 40-33, while the Tigers rolled in the nightcap, 65-38.
Watertown took the lead for good early in the first period of the girls game. The Purple Tigerettes held a 9-6 advantage at the end of the first period, and opened up a 21-13 lead at the half. Watertown extended their margin to 30-18 at the end of the third period, and led by as many as 15 - at 33-18 - early in the fourth. The Lady Tigers stormed back and cut the deficit all the way down to six, at 35-29, late in the fourth period, but could draw no closer.
Cynthia Woodward scored 15 points to lead the Lady Tigers, while Kristina Stephens added seven. Miaushia Thompson led Watertown and all scorers with 20 points. The Lady Tigers dropped to 5-10 overall on the season.
DeKalb Middle School swept their inter-county doubleheader with DeKalb West School, Tuesday night, in the finale of the first annual DeKalb Middle Christmas Classic. The Lady Saints broke open a tight game at halftime, and pulled away from the Lady Bulldogs, 24-9, while the Saints claimed a tough, 41-33 victory in the heated nightcap. The loss was the first of the season for the Bulldogs.
West had a 3-2 lead over DMS after the opening period of the girls' game, as McKenzie Poteete opened the contest with a three-pointer for the Lady Bulldogs, and Lydia Foutch finally put the Lady Saints on the board, with 1:25 to go in the opening period. Middle held West scoreless in the second until the final 33 seconds, as the Lady Saints opened up a 10-3 lead. Samantha Sircy hit a shot for West in the final minute to make it a 10-5 game at the half.
The DeKalb County High School basketball teams concluded play in their respective holiday tournaments on Tuesday.
The Lady Tigers earned a fourth place finish in the girls' bracket of the Sonic Shootout in Sparta, as they lost to Clinton, 56-41, in Tuesday's consolation game.
The DC girls never led, as the Lady Dragons roared out to an 8-0 lead, and held a 23-12 advantage by the end of the opening period. Clinton led 35-22 at the half, and 45-32 at the end of the third period.
Cynthia Woodward scored 18 points to lead the Lady Tigers, and was named to the All-Tournament Team. Victoria Bennett added eight points, while Kristina Stephens tallied six. Hannah Martin led Clinton with 15 points.
The DeKalb County High School Lady Tigers lost to White County 39 to 24 in the Sonic Shootout in Sparta Monday night while the Tigers fell 50 to 47 to Friendship Christian in the Mid State Christmas Tournament in Murfreesboro.
The Lady Tigers trailed White County 14 to 7 after the first period, 20 to 13 at halftime, and 28 to 13 after the third period before losing 39 to 24.
Cynthia Woodward had 14 points, Nikki Bass with 8, and Morgan Page scored 2.
In the boy's game, the Tigers trailed Friendship Christian 14 to 8 after the first period but led 24 to 21 at halftime. Friendship Christian regained the lead 35 to 33 by the end of the third period before going on to win 50 to 47.
Seth Willoughby led the Tigers in scoring with 13 points and Hunter Poteete had 12.
The Lady Tigers will meet Clinton in a consolation game of the tournament in Sparta Tuesday at 3:00 p.m. while the Tigers will play in a consolation game of their tournament in Murfreesboro Tuesday at 5:30 p.m.
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