The DeKalb County High School Basketball teams won their first games of Christmas Tournament Play Saturday.
The Tigers knocked off Goodpasture 52 to 44 in the Mid-State Christmas Tournament at Middle Tennessee Christian School in Murfreesboro while the Lady Tigers beat Daniel Boone 40 to 37 in the Sonic Shootout at White County High School in Sparta.
In the boys game, DeKalb led 13 to 9 after the first period but the game was tied at 23 at half time. The Tigers fell behind 38 to 33 after the third period but rallied in the fourth quarter for the 52 to 44 win.
Payne Denman led the Tigers with 20 points, followed by Destry Wiggins with 13, Cody Atnip 6, J.J. Herriott and Cody Myrick each with 4, Ethan Hale 3, and Hunter Stewart with 2 points.
Payne Denman sank a three-pointer as time expired, and the DeKalb County High School Tiger basketball team - who had led for only about two-and-a-half minutes all game - escaped with a 54-53 win over visting Gordonsville, Tuesday night, a team the Tigers had beaten by 27 points, just 13 days earlier.
The Tigers gained their only lead of the first three periods with 5:59 on the clock in the opening period, as Denman sank a three to give DC a 6-4. Ironically, that would also be the last made basket for Denman until the final shot of the game. Gordonsville closed out the first period on a 12-2 run, which gave them a 16-8 lead at the end of the period. The visiting Tigers led 32-24 at the half, after leding by as many as ten, late in the second period.
The DeKalb County High School Tigers and Lady Tigers will head in opposite directions for post-Christmas basketball tournaments. The Lady Tigers will travel east to Sparta for the Sonic Shootout at White County High School, while the Tigers will go west to Murfreesboro for the Mid-State Boys Christmas Tournament at Middle Tennessee Christian School. Both tournaments run from Saturday, December 27th through Tuesday, December 30th.
The Tigers willl play the first game of the day on Saturday, as they take on Goodpasture. Should the Tigers win that game, they would play the winner of Saturday's game between Friendship Christian and Berea on Monday, at 5:30 p.m. A loss would send the DCHS boys to the consolation bracket to play the loser of that game on Monday, at 11:30 a.m. Win or lose on Monday, the Tigers will play again on Tuesday in the final day of the tournament.
DeKalb Middle School will serve as host for a basketball Christmas Classic, Monday and Tuesday, December 29th and 30th. Both DeKalb Middle School and DeKalb West School basketball teams will take part in the two-day event, along with Smith County and Hilham junior high schools.
The action begins at 3:00 p.m. on Monday, as the DeKalb West girls' junior varsity will play the JV from Hilham. That game will be followed by a boys' JV contest between the same two schools. At 5:00 p.m., the Lady Bulldogs' varsity team will take on Hilham, with a boys' varsity game to follow. The DeKalb Middle teams will swing into action, starting at 7:00 p.m., as the Lady Saints take on Smith County, with the Saints and the Owls slated to tip off at 8:00 p.m.
The DeKalb County High School basketball teams lost a pair of games at Livingston Academy, Tuesday night. The Lady Tigers were defeated by the Lady Wildcats, 73-38, while the Tigers lost in the night-cap, 76-61.
The Lady Tigers led 8-4 in the early moments of the game, but Livingston rallied for a 17-14 lead at the end of the first period. The Lady 'Cats extended their lead to 46-19 at the half, and 57-26 at the end of the third, before rolling on to the 73-38 victory.
Cynthia Woodward led DeKalb County with 11 points, followed by Victoria Bennett with nine. Shelby Taylor scored 17 points to lead Livingston. The Lady Tigers dropped to 4-6 overall and to 0-3 in district play, while the Lady Wildcats improved to 7-3 overall and to 3-1 in the district.
The DeKalb County High School basketball teams took a pair of non-district games at Watertown, Saturday night. The Lady Tigers snapped a three-game losing streak with a 38-31 win over the Purple Tigerettes, while the Tigers scored their third win in the past four games, with a 55-43 victory in the nightcap.
Watertown jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead in the girls' contest, but the Lady Tigers scored 12 unanwered points to take the lead. DC led 14-6 at the end of the first period, but the Purple Tigerettes rallied to tie the game at 16-16, with 4:38 left in the half. However, the Lady Tigers closed out the half on a 9-0 run, and stormed to a 25-16 lead at the intermission.
The DeKalb County High School Tiger basketball team had to fight off a ferocious York Institute rally, Friday night in Smithville, but managed to escape with a 59-51 victory over the still-winless Dragons. The Tigers let a 17-point halftime lead dwindle all the way down to two points in the final period, before fighting back for the win.
York raced out to a 7-2 lead over the DC boys, but the Tigers battled back for an 8-7 lead at the end of the opneing period. The Dragons held their final lead of the contest early in the second, as they went up, 9-8. Payne Denman hit a three-pointer to put DeKalb up, 11-9, and the Tigers never trailed again. DeKalb County led 31-14 at the half.
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.
The DeKalb County High School basketball teams went in different directions, Friday night in Gordonsville. The Lady Tigers were on the short end of a 48-27 score, while the Tigers took their Gordonsville counterparts to the wood shed, 66-39.
The Lady Tigers held the lead just once in their game against the host Tigerettes. Cynthia Woodward hit a three-pointer to open the game, but Gordonsville rallied to take a 7-3 lead by the end of the first period. DeKalb County would not score another basket until the 5:42 mark of the second period, and trailed 9-5 at that point. The Tigerettes ended the half on a 13-0 run, and led the Lady Tigers 22-5 at the intermission.
The DeKalb County High School basketball teams took a pair of non-district games with visiting Monterey, Tuesday night in Smithville. The Lady Tigers won the opener, 54-43, while the Tigers rolled in the nightcap, 79-41. Both DCHS teams are now 3-2 on the season.
The Lady Tigers never trailed the Lady Wildcats, as they opened up a 5-0 lead in the game's first few moments, and owned a 16-8 edge at the end of the opening period. The lead grew to a game-high 16 points late in the second period, and DeKalb County owned a 29-15 advantage at the half.
Monterey, however, began chipping away at the Lady Tiger lead in the third, and whittled it down to nine, at 41-32, by the end of the period. A 9-0 Lady Wildcat run from the closing moments of the third on into the fourth period sliced the DC lead to four, at 41-37, with about five and a half minutes to play. DeKalb closed out the game, however, on a 13-6 run, which put away the Lady Wildcats and secured the victory.
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