March 3, 2019
By: Dwayne Page
The DCHS Lady Tigers, coaches, and cheerleaders returned home to a hero’s welcome late Saturday night as happy fans gathered at the high school gym to celebrate their team’s sub-state victory over McMinn Central 44 to 42 on the road at Englewood.
The team is part of the elite eight in the Class AA State Tournament and will play on Wednesday at MTSU in Murfreesboro at 1:15 p.m. against 26-7 Marshall County. It’s the first state tournament appearance by a DCHS girls team since 1965.
The Lady Tiger’s charter bus arrived at the high school around 11 p.m. Saturday and was escorted through town by Sheriff Patrick Ray, Smithville Police Chief Mark Collins, and the Smithville and DeKalb Fire Departments, along with Darrell Gill of Gill Automotive, an avid DCHS athletics supporter, who sounded his train horn along the way in celebration of the Lady Tigers’ win.
After stepping off the bus, the team assembled inside the gym to celebrate with family and fans and Coach Danny Fish made some brief remarks, thanking them for their support.
“I can’t tell you how proud I am of this group. We have a lot of special individuals in this group. Teams are made up of a lot of good players but it’s those individuals that can sacrifice themselves that makes the best teams. I love athletics because it teaches so many life lessons. Not everything is always going to go your way in life. The ball is not going to go in the hole all the time. You’re going to make mistakes but it’s not that which defines you it’s the moments after that which do,” said Coach Fish.
“There are many faces here who have contributed to what we have here tonight and in these girl’s lives to make them a better person and basketball player. I thank you for that because it definitely makes my job easier. I thank you parents for your support. This is a great moment. We would like for you (fans) to come out and support us on Wednesday. We will know what time and who we play (Sunday) but whoever we play Cinderella (Lady Tigers) still has the shoe on,” added Coach Fish.
Lady Tigers State Tournament Bound!
March 2, 2019
By: Dwayne Page
The DCHS Lady Tigers are bound for the TSSAA Class AA State Tournament after defeating the McMinn Central Chargerettes 44 to 42 at Englewood Saturday night in the sub-state or sectionals.
It’s the first trip to the state tournament for a DCHS Lady Tiger basketball team since 1965.
DeKalb County, one of eight teams in the Class AA Girls State Tournament, will play on Wednesday, March 6 at MTSU in Murfreesboro either at 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:15 p.m., or at 2:45 p.m. The exact time and opponent have not yet been determined. WJLE plans LIVE coverage
(The DCHS Lady Tigers, coaches, and cheerleaders got a rousing send-off Saturday afternoon as they departed for the sub-state game at McMinn Central in Englewood)
The game was close throughout as the Lady Tigers led 10 to 7 after the 1st period but trailed 19 to 17 at halftime. DeKalb County held a 32 to 30 edge after the 3rd period and went on to win 44 to 42.
Lydia Brown scored 16, Kadee Ferrell 15, Maddison Parsley 7, and Emme Colwell 6.
The Lady Tigers improve to 23-11 on the season. McMinn Central closes out their season at 20-14.
Members of the 1964-65 DeKalb County team included Betty Carol Fite (who is a sister to Lydia Brown’s grandmother), Brenda Cripps, Elaine Harvey, Judy Young, Wanda Williams, Sherry Frazier, Kay Davis, Betty Evins (Kadee Ferrell’s grandmother), and Katherine Wright among others. Harold Luna was the coach (Luna is Lady Tiger Coach Danny Fish’s great uncle)
In the 1965 State Tournament the DeKalb County Tigerettes (as they were known then) defeated Walland 40 to 38 and Hillsboro 61 to 42 but lost to Sevier County 37 to 34 and to Bradley Central 49 to 34.
According to TSSAA, DeKalb County also made state tournament appearances in girls basketball in 1959, 1928, and 1926 and finished as the state champion runner-up in 1959.
Fans Cheer Lady Tigers As They Leave for Sub-State Game (VIEW VIDEOS HERE)
March 2, 2019
By: Dwayne Page
The DCHS Lady Tigers, coaches, and cheerleaders got a rousing send-off Saturday afternoon as they departed for the sub-state game at McMinn Central in Englewood tonight.
Excited family, friends, and fans gathered at the high school and cheered members of the program who filed passed them before boarding a charter bus for the trip. There was also a balloon release and Darrell Gill was on hand to sound his train horn as he does during DCHS football games The Smithville Police and Sheriff’s Departments including Sheriff Patrick Ray accompanied the bus in a motorcade from the high school down West Broad before turning onto Cookeville Highway. As the bus left the city limits, Sheriff Ray continued the escort to Interstate 40.
The Lady Tigers (22-11) are enroute to meet the McMinn Central Lady Chargers (20-13). Tip-off is at 7:00 p.m. (eastern time) which is 6:00 p.m. Smithville time. The winner will advance to the state tournament next week. WJLE will have LIVE coverage of tonight’s game with the Voice of the Lady Tigers John Pryor. Our pre-game show, Tiger Talk will air at 5:40 p.m. featuring Lady Tiger Coach Danny Fish and Lady Tiger seniors Lydia Brown, Maddison Parsley, and Joni Robinson.
Fans making the trip can view a google map on the WJLE website sports page for directions.
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