The DeKalb County High School basketball teams played spoiler for Warren County's Senior Night, Saturday night in McMinnville. The Lady Tigers snapped a 12-game losing streak and beat Warren County for the first time since January, 2000, with a 49-45 win in the girls' contest. The Tigers, meanwhile, beat the Pioneers for the fourth straight time, rallying from an early five-point deficit for a 55-44 victory.
The Lady Tigers fell behind 7-0 within the game's first two minutes, and never led in the first half. Warren County owned a 7-6 edge after a sloppy first period, and carried a 21-19 advantage into the locker room at halftime. Kristina Stephens scored four straight points to open the second half, which gave DeKalb County their first lead of the night. The Lady Tigers extended the margin to seven points, late in the third, but the Lady Pioneers came back to within two, at 30-28, by the end of the period.
The DeKalb County High School basketball teams split their reguar season district finales, Friday night, at Smith County. The Lady Tigers suffered a 65-34 setback at the hands of the Owlettes, while the Tigers escaped Carthage with a 56-52 win in the nightcap.
The Lady Tigers led only once in the girls' contest, as they grabbed a 1-0 lead on Kristina Stephens' free throw to open the game. By the end of the opening period, Smith County had a 14-7 lead, and the Owlettes upped the advantage to 28-11 by halftime, led by 6-foot-8 sophomore post, Kayci Ferriss, who had 21 points at the break.
Ferriss went to the bench with foul trouble in the third period, but DeKalb County could not take advantage. The Owlettes pushed the lead to 20, with two and a half minutes to go in the third, and led 46-26 at the end of the period. The Lady Tigers drew no closer than 16 points in the fourth, as the Owlettes pulled away for the big Senior Night win.
The DeKalb County High School basketball teams split a doubleheader with York Institute, Tuesday night in Smithville, in the final home games for the local teams in the regular season. The Lady Tigers lost the opener, 62-44, while the Tigers won the nightcap, 63-56.
The Lady Tigers trailed 15-6 at the end of the opening period, and 33-16 at the half. York extended the lead to 22 points, at 51-29, through three periods, and won the game despite DeKalb County taking a 15-11 advantage in the fourth period.
In the boys' game, the Dragons roared out to a 14-9 lead at the end of the opening period, but the Tigers came back for a 27-25 edge at halftime. DeKalb outscored York, 20-19, in the third, and led, 47-44, at the end of the period. The Tigers claimed a 16-12 advantage in the fourth, and rolled on to the seven-point win.
Payne Denman hit four three-pointers and paced the Tigers with 16 points. Hunter Stewart added 12, while Travis Woodward tallied 10.
The DeKalb County High School basketball teams split a district doubleheader with Cannon County, Friday night in Smithville. The Lady Tigers rallied from an early 12-point deficit and pulled to within a single point of the Lionettes in the second period, but the Cannon girls pulled away late for a 58-46 win. In the nightcap, the Tigers found themselves in an early five-point hole, but the local team took command of the game and rolled on to a 57-38 win.
Cannon County scored the first seven points of the girls game, and rolled up a 19-7 advantage late in the first period. The Lady Tigers scored the last five points of the period, and trailed 19-12 by the end of the first. A 9-2 Lady Tiger run pulled DeKalb to within a point, with 3:50 left in the half, but the Lionettes closed out the period with a 10-2 run, and claimed a 32-23 halftime edge.
The DeKalb County High School basketball team lost a pair of games in Lafayette to the Macon County Tigers and Tigerettes, Tuesday night. The Lady Tigers dropped a 58-40 decision, while the Tigers were defeated, 63-59, in a tight district battle.
The Lady Tigers jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the girls' contest, but Macon County swished four first period three-pointers, and led 14-8 by the end of the period. The Tigerettes added three more long-range shots in the second, and out-scored DeKalb, 18-4, to take a commanding 32-12 halftime lead.
Macon County continued to extend the advantage in the third period, as they pushed the lead to 45-18 by out-scoring the Lady Tigers, 13-6. DeKalb County took a 22-13 edge in the fourth period, but it wasn't enough to overcome the large deficit.
The DeKalb Middle School basketball teams had their seasons ended in the first round of the James C. Haile State Invitational Tournament, Saturday in Murfreesboro.
The Saints lost a heartbreaker to Westwood Middle of School of Manchester, 26-25, in the opening round of the Class AA boys' bracket, early on Saturday, while the Lady Saints dropped a 33-17 decision to South Fentress, Saturday afternoon.
The DMS boys fell behind 13-0 in the first period of their game with Westwood, but managed to battle back. The Rockets held a 13-2 advantage at the end of the first, but the Saints trimmed the lead to nine, at 17-8, at halftime.
The Saints continued to chip away at the Westwood lead in the third, and had the margin narrowed to 21-18 in the closing seconds. A foul from three-point range at the buzzer, however, put Westwood's Jared Davis at the free throw line, where he made all three attempts, and gave the Rockets a 24-18 lead at the end of the period.
The DeKalb County High School basketball teams dropped a district doubleheader Friday night in Livingston. The Lady Tigers lost to the Livingston Academy Lady Wildcats, the ninth ranked team in the state in Class AA, 57-26, while the Tigers were dealt an 82-69 setback in the nightcap to the host Wildcats, who were ranked just outside the top ten in this past week's poll.
Livingston got off to a slow start in the girls' game, but after a mid-first period timeout, the Lady 'Cats turned up the heat. Livingston held the Lady Tigers to just one point in the opening period, as the hosts opened up an 18-1 lead. By the time Cynthia Woodward made DeKalb's first field goal, with just over four minutes to go in the first half, Livingston Academy had already built a 24-3 lead. The Lady Wildcats led 27-7 at the half, and 44-14 at the end of three periods.
The DeKalb County High School Tiger basketball team evened the season series with the Upperman Bees, with a 54-50 win, Tuesday night in Baxter. The Bees stung the Tigers, 72-48, back on December 4th in Smithville. The Tigers have won now three straight district games and four of their last five overall.
Upperman led throughout the opening period, and held an 11-10 lead at the end of the first. DeKalb County grabbed the lead early in the second, but the Bees re-claimed the upper hand and led by as many as five points in the period. Upperman held a 27-24 edge at the half.
It took the DeKalb County Tiger basketball team until the third period to finally shake free from the Monterey Wildcats, Friday night in Smithville. The Tigers extended a five-point halftime lead to 26, after three, as they posted a 25-4 third period advantage. The end result was a 77-47 win, which evened the Tiger record at 9-9 for the season.
The game appeared to be a blowout in the first period, as DeKalb County raced out to a 16-5 lead, but the Wildcats narrowed the gap to 18-12 by the end of the period. Monterey fell behind by eight points in the second, but tied the game at 22-22, with 3:17 left in the half. The Tigers managed to pull out front, 32-27, at halftime.
A 15-2 run pushed the DeKalb lead to 47-29 in the opening moments of the second half, and the Tigers would possess a 57-31 advantage by the end of the third. Each player on the active Tiger roster got into the game by the final moments of the fourth period, as the DC boys rolled to the 30-point win.
DeKalb County High School senior, Bray Page, will continue his baseball career after his playing days with the Tigers are over, this spring. Page, the son of former DCHS baseball standout, Kelvin Page, signed scholarship papers, Friday morning, with Vol State Community College, a two-year college located in Gallatin.
Pioneers' assistant coach, Brandon Nolen, was on hand for the signing, and said the school is pleased to get a player of Page's caliber. "Bray came up for an independent showcase workout in Gallatin, and we just stumbled upon him. When we saw him throw across the infield and off the mound, we knew he was a guy we wanted to have in, right away. He has a great deal of potential, a good arm. Both our head coach and pitching coach instantly fell in love with him on the mound."
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