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.