Payne Denman scored 18 points to lead four Tigers in double-figures, as the DeKalb County High School basketball team beat the Macon County Tigers in overtime, 72-66, Tuesday night, to take third place in the District 7-AA Tournament at Tennessee Tech in Cookeville. Meanwhile, the Livingston Academy Wildcats, the tournament's top overall seed, beat the second-seeded Upperman Bees, 70-61, to win the District crown.
The Livingston Academy Wildcats ended the DeKalb County Tigers' hopes of a District 7-AA Tournament championship, Saturday afternoon, as the top-seeded Wilcats handed the DC boys a 77-47 setback, putting the Tigers in Tuesday evening's consolation game against Macon County. Livingston led from start to finish, as the Wildcats beat DeKalb County for the third time this season.
Deven Ramsey scored 16 points and pulled down 15 rebounds, as Livingston Academy jumped on top, 18-12, at the end of the first period, and held a 34-25 edge at the half. The third period was the difference in the game, as the Wildcats turned up their defensive heat, and out-scored the Tigers, 24-7, to go ahead, 58-42. Livingston finished off the rout with a 19-15 score in the fourth period.
Jeff Miller scored 19 points and Abram Edwards added 13 more as the fourth-seeded DeKalb County High School Tiger basketball team advanced to the semi-finals of the District 7-AA Tournament, with a 56-54 win over fifth-seeded Cannon County, Friday night at Tennessee Tech. The Tigers blew a 14-point first half lead, and had to fight back from a nine-point third period deficit to earn the win, and also claim a berth into next week's Region 4-AA Tournament in the process.
The Tigers got off to a hot start, hitting 4-of-7 three-point attempts in the first period, three of those coming from Miller, who had nine points in the quarter. DeKalb County led 16-9 at the end of the first, and owned a 25-11 lead, with 5:52 to go in the half. The Lions rallied, however, using a 15-0 run to go up, 26-25, with 1:08 to go in the half. The Tigers scored the last basket of the half, and took a 27--26 lead into the locker room at the intermission.
The All-District 7-AA teams were announced on Tuesday, at the annual year-end coaches' meeting in Cookeville.
Upperman's LaShay Davis and Livingston Academy's Chase Dunn were named the District's Most Valuable Player's for the 2008-09 season. Both seniors, Davis is a Western Kentucky signee, while Dunn will play college basketball next season at Tennessee Tech.
Meanwhile, Livingston Academy's Lesley Smith and Upperman's Dana McWilliams each shared the girls' District 7-AA Coach of the Year honor, while Bobby McWilliams of Upperman was named the boys' District Coach of the Year.
Other District 7-AA grls' awards were as follows:
Most Improved Player: Kayla Biles, Upperman
Freshman of the Year: Calamity Jane Coley, Macon County
Defensive Player of the Year: Kayci Ferris, Smith County
A solid first half performance wasn't enough to propel the DeKalb County High School Lady Tiger basketball team into the next round of the District 7-AA Tournament. The Lady Tigers had a seven-point lead at halftime in Thursday's play-in round game at Macon County, but a poor second half sent the DeKalb County girls packing, as the host Tigerettes rallied for a 62-46 victory.
Cynthia Woodward scored 16 first half points for the Lady Tigers, who held a 14-13 lead at the end of the first period, and opened up the advantage to seven points - at 31-24 - at the half. A 14-2 Macon County run to open the third period gave the host Tigerettes the lead for good. Macon out-scored DeKalb, 22-6, in the third period to go up, 46-37, at the end of the third period, and the Tigerettes closed out the game with a 16-9 edge in the fourth.
Another DCHS student-athlete is moving on to play sports on the collegiate level.
Tigerette softball senior, Victoria Bennett, signed scholarship papers with Cumberland University in Lebanon, on Tuesday. Bennett, currently, is a member of the DCHS Tigerette program, and has been a starter for three years.
“I feel like Cumberland is a good fit for me, and I’m very excited for the opportunity to go there and play,” said Bennett, who plans to major in Athletic Training, which the Lebanon school is well known for. “I love what the coaches are doing with the program, and it excites me to have the opportunity to possibly go in and contribute right away.”
The District 7-AA basketball tournament will start on Thursday night, with a pair of games in two different locations.
The opening round play-in games, between the number six and seven seeds, will be played at the site of higher seeds on Thursday, with winners advancing to the regular tournament at Tennessee Tech’s Hooper-Eblen Center on Friday.
The DeKalb County Lady Tigers will travel to Lafayette for the second straight year to open tournament play against the Macon County Tigerettes in the play-in round. Last year, the Tigerettes eliminated the DeKalb County girls in Lafayette, 54-32.
Macon County swept the regular season series with the Lady Tigers, winning 69-53, in Lafayette, back on January 13th, and 61-42, in Smithville, on February 3rd. Tip-off time, this Thursday night, is slated for 6:00 p.m.
In the boys’ play-in game, the sixth-seeded York Institute Dragons will host the seventh-seeded Smith County Owls, Thursday night at 6:00 p.m.
The DeKalb County High School basketball teams ended the regular season in McMinnville Saturday night against the Warren County Pioneers.
The Lady Tigers lost 48 to 31 but the Tigers knocked off the Pioneers 66 to 46.
In the girls game, DeKalb County trailed 10 to 5 after the first period, 21 to 11 at half time, and 34 to 25 after the third period, before dropping the game 48 to 31.
Cynthia Woodward led the Lady Tigers with 17 points. Martha Webb had 6, Victoria Bennett 4, and Kristina Stephens and Morgan Page each had 2 points.
In the boys game, DeKalb County led 19 to 12 after the first period, 37 to 19 at halftime, and 53 to 27 after the third period, and went on to win 66 to 46.
Payne Denman led the Tigers in scoring with 17 points. Jeff Miller had 16 points, Seth Willoughby 8, Hunter Poteete 7, Abram Edwards 6, Hunter Stewart and J.J. Heriott each with 4 points, and Cody Myrick and Shane Salley each with 2 points.
The DeKalb County High School basketball teams recognized their senior members during the final home game of the regular season, Friday night, against the visiting Smith County Owls and Owlettes. The Owlettes spoiled Senior Night for the Lady Tigers, with a 64-18 rout of the DC ladies, but the Tigers salvaged a split with a 55-51 come-from-behind win over the Owls in the nightcap.
The Tigers had to battle back from an 11-point fourth period deficit to win their game, as the Owls led all the way up until the final 3:15 of regulation. Smith County jumped out to a 12-2 lead at the end of the first period, as DeKalb County did not score in the first six-and-a-half minutes of the game. The Tigers closed to within six at the half, at 21-15, but the Owl pushed the lead back to 11 points in the third period. DC got to within eight, at 33-25, at the end of the third.
Behind 19 points from Abram Edwards, the DeKalb County High School basketball team won a double-overtime thriller over the York Institute Dragons in Jamestown, Tuesday night. Edwards scored 10 of his season-high points in the extra sessions, as the Tigers fended off the host Dragons, 69-57. The victory improves the DCHS boys to 14-10 overall and to 4-7 in district play, and assures the Tigers will finish no lower than fifth place in the final regular season standings.
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