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Upperman survives in Smithville, as Tiger rally falls short

January 27, 2009

The DeKalb County Tigers battled back from a 15-point deficit against the visiting Upperman Bees, Tuesday night, but fell short in their comeback effort. Behind Carrin Nash's 22 points, the Bees hung on for a 59-54 win over the Tigers, which kept Upperman a perfect 8-0 in the district. DeKalb County dropped to 2-5 in district play.

Upperman led for most of the contest, with the Tigers holding just one lead through the entire four periods. The Bees held a 12-9 edge at the end of the first period, and a 35-22 advantage at the half, after extending the margin to 15 points, late in the second. DeKalb County worked the deficit under ten points in the third, but Upperman took a 45-35 lead into the final period.

Tigers, Lady Tigers split with Monterey

The DeKalb County High School basketball teams split a doubleheader at Monterey, Friday night. The Lady Tigers lost the opener, 40-35, while the Tigers won the nightcap, 59-41.

The Lady Tigers led for most of the first three periods, but Monterey gained the lead late in the third, and pulled away late. DeKalb County led 6-4 at the end of the first period, and had a 12-6 lead late in the second. Monterey scored the final six points of the half to tie the game at 12-12 at the intermission.

DeKalb had a 21-16 lead late in the third, but the Lady Wildcats rallied for a 23-21 lead by the end of the period. Monterey out-scored the Lady Tigers, 17-14, in the fourth to pull away for the win.

Cynthia Woodward scored 12 points to lead the Lady Tigers, while Victoria Bennett added seven. Britnee Sells tallied 13 points to lead Monterey.

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.

Saints, Bulldogs eliminated at James C. Haile Tournament

January 19, 2009

The DeKalb Middle School Saints and DeKalb West Bulldogs were both eliminated from the James C. Haile State Invitational Tournament in Murfreesboro on Monday.

The Saints lost to Watertown, 48-40, while the Bulldogs suffered a 44-32 defeat at the hands of Friendship Christian. Both teams won their opening round tournament games on Saturday.

DeKalb Middle jumped on top, 2-0, in their game, but found themselves on the short end of a 13-4 score at the end of the opening period. Watertown led by as many as 13 points in the second, before the Saints closed within three, at 22-19, at the half.

Saints, Bulldogs advance in Haile Tourney; Lady Saints eliminated

January 17, 2009

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.

Lions edge Tigers on late-game three-pointer

January 16, 2009

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.

DeKalb West, Middle teams to play in James C. Haile State Tournament

January 14, 2009

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.

Macon County sweeps DCHS in Lafayette

January 13, 2009

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.

Odom, Maynard win big awards at DCHS football banquet

January 10, 2009

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.

Other football awards were as follows:

Best Offensive Player: Hunter Poteete

Best Defensive Player: Logan Roller

Best Offensive Lineman: Josh Emberton

Best Defensive Lineman: Nick Lester

DCHS opens 2009 with split against Watertown

January 5, 2009

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.

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