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All-District 7-AA Teams announced

February 19, 2009

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

Lady Tigers knocked out of District Tournament by Macon County

February 19, 2009

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.

Bennett signs softball scholarship with Cumberland

February 17, 2009

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.”

District 7-AA Basketball Tournament Starts Thursday

February 17, 2009

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.

Tigers Win at Warren County

February 15, 2009

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.

Tigers survive Senior Night scare

February 13, 2009

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.

Tigers win double-overtime thriller in Jamestown

February 10, 2009

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.

Tigers take close game at Cannon County

February 6, 2009

Payne Denman hit two free throws with 3.8 seconds left on the clock, and Cannon County's Jarred Nave had a three-pointer rattle out of the rim at the buzzer, as the DeKalb County High School Tiger basketball team edged the Cannon County Lions, 69-66, in Woodbury, Friday night. The Lions had squeaked out a 70-69 win over the Tigers in Smithville, back on January 16th.

Denman's free throws were set up after Hunter Stewart had drawn an offensive foul on Cannon County's Justin Davenport, with 4.6 seconds left, and the Tigers on top, 67-66. Abram Edwards had given DC the lead late in the fourth, after the Tigers had rallied from a six-point deficit earlier in the period.

Macon County adds to recent DeKalb struggles

February 3, 2009

The DeKalb County HIgh School basketball teams continued to struggle against district competition, Tuesday night, as Macon County High School came to town. The Macon County Tigerettes broke open a close game at the half, and pulled away from the DeKalb Lady Tigers, 61-42, to hand the DCHS girls their tenth consecutive loss. Meanwhile, the Macon County boys scored a 63-54 victory over the local Tigers, which was the third straight loss for the local team, and their fifth defeat in their last seven games.

The Macon County girls led 16-9 at the end of the opening period, but the Lady Tigers captured a 24-23 lead, with 58 seconds left in the half. The Tigerettes scored the last five points of the half, to go up 28-24, and out-scored DC, 17-2, in the third, to roll out to a 45-26 advantage. Each team scored 16 points in the fourth, as Macon carried the 19-point advantage to the final horn.


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