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DMS one and done at Haile State Tournament

January 26, 2008

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.

DCHS over-powered at Livingston Academy

January 25, 2008

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.

Tigers edge Bees in Baxter

January 22, 2008

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.

Third quarter out-burst leads Tigers to rout of Monterey

January 18, 2008

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.

DCHS' Page inks scholarship papers with Vol State

January 18, 2008

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."

Ferriss, Tigers dominate Tuesday night hardwood

January 15, 2008

Kaycie Ferriss almost single-handedly took down the DeKalb County High School Lady Tiger basketball team, Tuesday night in Smithville, while the Tigers took out the Owls in the nightcap for their second straight district win.

Ferriss, the 6-foot-8 sophomore sensation, scored 35 points, 26 in the first half, as the Lady Owls scored a 47-39 victory. Ferriss scored 18 points in the first period, as Smith County rolled out to a 20-10 lead. Cynthia Woodward hit a three-pointer to end the first half, as the Lady Owls carried a 28-19 lead into the locker room.

Ferriss did not score in the third period, but the DeKalb girls made up very little ground. The Lady Tigers earned a 7-6 advantage in the period, but Smith County still led, 34-26, at the end of the third. DeKalb County got as close as six points in the game's final minute, but Ferriss and Lindsey Angel sealed the win for the Lady Owls at the free throw line, combining to hit 5-of-6 in the closing seconds.

Lady Tigers shut out in second half in loss to White County

January 12, 2008

The DeKalb County High School Lady Tiger basketball team was held without a point in the second half, made only two field goals in the first half, and was handed a lopsided 57-13 loss at White County, Saturday night.

After falling behind early in the opening period, the Lady Tigers tied the game at 5-5 with 3:58 to go in the period. The Warriorettes upped the lead to eight in the final seconds, but Victoria Bennett nailed a three-pointer at the buzzer to make it a 13-8 White County lead. Bennett's shot was the only field goal of the opening period, and Mercedes Luna's jumper with four and a half minutes left in the second was the only other basket from the floor in the game for the DC girls. The Lady Tigers made 8 out of 14 free throw attempts in the first half.

Tigers beat Cannon County for first district win

January 11, 2008

The DeKalb County High School Tiger basketball team claimed their first district win of the basketball season, Friday night in Woodbury Travis Woodward scored 18 points, as the Tigers pulled away from the Cannon County Lions, 57-45.

The Tigers never trailed, although the Lions tied the game once and refused to go away quietly. DeKalb County led by nine at one point in the first period, and held a 14-9 lead at the end of the period. The Lions tied the game at 14-14, with 6:23 left in the second period, but the Tigers closed out the half on a 10-2 run, which gave them a 24-16 advantage at the half.

DeKalb County pushed the lead to as many as 17 points in the third period, but Cannon County pulled back to within nine, at 37-28, but the end of the period. The Lions got as close as eight points in the fourth, but it was in the final minutes after DC had opened up a 16-point advantage in the period. The Tigers scored the final four points of the period to seal the win.

Macon County spoils 2008 opener for DCHS

January 8, 2008

The Macon County Tigers and Tigerettes dealt the DeKalb County High School basketball teams a sour start to the 2008 portion of their basketball schedule. The visiting Tigerettes handed the Lady Tigers a 48-36 setback, Tuesday night in Smithville, while Macon won the district battle of the Tigers, 74-71, in the boys' game.

Macon County stormed out to a 13-2 lead early in the girls' game, but DeKalb County closed the gap to 14-12 by the end of the first period. The Tigerettes increased their lead to seven points in the second, but another Lady Tiger comeback, again, made it a two-point game late in the period. Macon County held a 26-22 edge at the half.

The Tigerettes went up by ten points within the first two minutes of the third period, and the Lady Tigers never got any closer than six points the rest of the way. Macon County led 43-31 at the end of the third, and won by that same 12-point margin as each team scored five points in the fourth period,

Saints run ends at Warren Lodge Tournament

December 31, 2007

The DeKalb Middle School Saints lost to Boyd Christian, 27-24, Saturday night at Warren County High School, which ended their four-year hold on the Warren Lodge Holiday Tournament Championship.

The Saints trailed 8-7 at the end of the first period and 16-9 at the half, after scoring only two points in the second period. The Broncos led by as many as 11 points in the third, but the Saints pulled to within eight points, at 23-15, by the end of the period.

DMS battled back in the fourth, and cut the Boyd lead to just three points, with 7.5 seconds left on the clock. Free throws in those final seconds cost the Saints a shot at their fifth straight tournament title. DeKalb had four technical foul shots, but missed all four which left the score at 27-24 as time expired. For the game, the Saints shot only 4-of-18 from the free throw line.

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