Dragons Prevail over Tigers at Jamestown

The DCHS basketball teams went to Jamestown Saturday on a mission to slay the dragons but fell short losing to York Institute 51 to 45 in the girls game and 66 to 52 in the boys contest.

The Lady Tigers are 3-5 overall and still looking for their first district win of the season while the Tigers are 3-4 and 1-2 in district play. The Dragonettes improve to 7-3 (2-1) while the Dragons are 5-4 (2-0).

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In the girls game, the Lady Tigers trailed 13 to 7 after the 1st period, 28 to 13 at halftime, and 36 to 23 after the 3rd period before losing 51 to 45.

Kadee Ferrell scored 15, Ella VanVranken 14, Madison Martin 10, Cadee Griffith 4, and Megan Cantrell 2.

In the boys game, the Tigers found themselves down 8 to 4 after the 1st period, 30 to 25 at halftime, and 52 to 41 after the 3rd period and went on to fall 66 to 52.

Evan Jones scored 13, Brayden Antoniak 10, Jordan Young and Stetson Agee each with 9. Elishah Ramos 5, and Luke Jenkins, Robert Wheeler, and Aiden Curtis each with 2.

DeKalb County will host Warren County Tuesday night, January 5 in Smithville starting with the girls game at 6 p.m. and then the boys game. WJLE plans LIVE coverage.

With only a few exceptions, no public attendance is permitted at high school athletic events until at least January 19 in accordance with Governor Bill Lee’s Executive Order #70. The only attendees permitted at high school athletic practices or games, in addition to the student-athletes on the team, are:

1.Players’ parents or guardians and immediate household members;
2.First Responders;
3.Coaching and team personnel;
4.School, game, and facility administrators;
5.Athletics officials; and
6.Media and athletic scouting personnel attending the event in their professional capacity.

Social distancing between persons from different households is required. While the Executive Order does not mandate the use of masks, the Governor has encouraged masks, and the TSSAA COVID-19 Sports Regulations provision regarding the use of masks remains.

DCHS Teams Beat Red Boiling Springs

The DCHS Lady Tigers have improved to 3-1 with a 60 to 49 win over Red Boilings Springs in Smithville Tuesday night while the Tigers bounced back to even their record to 2-2 winning 61 to 36.

In the girls game, DC opened up a 22 to 6 lead after the 1st period and led 34 to 14 at halftime, 47 to 34 after the 3rd period and went on to win 60 to 49.

Ella VanVranken led the Lady Tigers in scoring with 24 points followed by Kadee Ferrell with 20, Madison Martin 7, Megan Cantrell 5, and Cadee Griffith and Hannah Willingham each with 2 points.

The Tigers led 18 to 8 after the 1st period of the boys game. DC held a 40 to 18 advantage at halftime and 50 to 23 after the 3rd period before notching a 61 to 36 win.

Luke Jenkins scored 18 for the Tigers. Evan Jones 14, Jacob Hendrix 7, Jordan Young 6, Elishah Ramos 5, Brayden Antoniak and Conner Close each with 4, Andrew Tramel 2, and Aiden Curtis with 1 point.

The Lady Tigers will travel to Grundy County Saturday, November 28 for a 4 p.m. game.

The Tigers will not be making the trip due to a Covid-19 case among the coaching staff.

Lady Tigers Win at Warren County

The DCHS Tigers and Lady Tigers paid a call on their border rivals at Warren County Monday night.

The Lady Tigers won 52 to 47 while the Tigers lost to the Pioneers 60 to 27.

In the girl’s game, DC led 14 to 13 after the 1st period but trailed 28 to 27 at halftime. The Lady Tigers grabbed a 38 to 34 lead after the 3rd period and went on to win 52 to 47.

Ella VanVranken led the Lady Tigers in scoring with 23. Kadee Ferrell 15, Cadee Griffith 8, and Megan Cantrell and Madison Martin each with 3.

The Tigers trailed 15 to 10 after the 1st period, 25 to 15 at halftime, 40 to 22 after the 3rd period, and lost 60 to 27.

Brayden Antoniak scored 10, Elishah Ramos 6, Luke Jenkins 5, Evan Jones 4, and Jordan Young 2.

DeKalb County will host Red Boiling Springs tonight (Tuesday) starting with the girls game at 6 p.m. followed by the boy’s game. WJLE will broadcast LIVE.

Tigers and Lady Tigers off to great start

The DCHS basketball teams got the season off to a great start Tuesday night with wins over visiting Whitehouse in Smithville.

The Lady Tigers opened with a 74 to 48 win while the Tigers ended the night with a 51 to 48 victory.

In the girls game, DeKalb County led 22 to 11 after the 1st period, 37 to 21 at halftime, and 56 to 35 after the 3rd period before notching a 74 to 48 win.

Kadee Ferrell scored 22 for the Lady Tigers followed by Megan Cantrell with 15, Ella VanVranken 13, Grace Griffin 6, Summer Crook and Xharia Lyons each with 4, Natalie Snipes and Madison Martin each with 3 and Cadee Grffith and Tess Barton each with 2 points.

The Tigers led 14 to 12 after the 1st period of the boys game and 25 to 22 at halftime. The game was tied at 33 by the end of the 3rd period but the Tigers outscored Whitehouse in the 4th period and won 51 to 48.

Jordan Young scored 13, Brayden Antoniak 12, Luke Jenkins 11, Elishah Ramos 10, and Evan Jones with 5.

DeKalb County travels to Pickett County Saturday night, November 21 with the girls game starting at 5 p.m. followed by the boys contest. Because of the Tennessee-Auburn football game WJLE will be unable to broadcast the high school games Saturday night.

Coach Danny Fish Previews 2020-21 Lady Tiger Basketball Season (View video here)

The DeKalb County Tigers and Lady Tigers will tip off the 2020-21 basketball campaign with two nights of Hall of Fame games on Tuesday and Saturday, November 17 & 21.

Whitehouse comes to town Tuesday night, November 17 with girls action beginning at 6 p.m. followed by the boys showdown at DCHS. The Tigers and Lady Tigers will then travel to Pickett County on Saturday night, November 21 starting with girls play at 5 p.m. followed by the boys.

DCHS Lady Tiger Coach Danny Fish from dwayne page on Vimeo.

In a WJLE Tiger Talk video interview Friday , Lady Tiger Coach Danny Fish talked about the pre-season and how the team has had to contend with COVID-19. (WJLE will post a video interview with Tiger Coach John Sanders on Sunday)

“We have been following the guidelines that were set in June and started conditioning in September when we got back in school. We were lifting and working in groups of three and then we hit a snag in October when a couple of players tested positive for COVID-19. We (team) were at home for 18 school days in the month of October which made it hard for us to train and we missed the first four days of official practice in November but we have been having two-a-days since then. The girls have had good energy and a good work ethic in those practices and I feel pretty confident in where we are at today. We will have a learning curve at the beginning of the year but I think we will come out and play some exciting basketball,” said Coach Fish

Last year’s Lady Tiger team compiled an 18-15 record and a semi-finals finish in the Region Tournament led by seniors Mya Ruch, Emme Colwell, Kenzie France, and Megan Walker.

Coach Fish will be looking to the four seniors on this year’s team to follow in their footsteps.

“We have four seniors. Megan Cantrell was our best 6th man last year. I expect her to have a good year. She has really grown in her leadership and skill level which I hope will translate to the floor. Grace Griffin is coming back. She came off the bench last year. I am expecting good things from Grace. Hannah Willingham was our backup point guard last year and she will contribute and Ellie Cripps is back with us this year. She has been a good team member for us,” said Coach Fish.

As for the juniors, “Everybody is wanting to know what Kadee Ferrell is going to do this year. I think she is going to be healthy and will have a good year. That Junior Class also includes Natalie Snipes, Summer Crook, and Kennedy Agee but she (Agee) is down with an ACL again. The Sophomore Class includes Madison Martin. We are expecting some good play from her and Xharia Lyons has also come along. Our Freshman Class is large and looks good. I think we will have at least a couple of freshmen like Ella VanVranken and Cadee Griffith that will probably get a lot of playing time. The rest are doing developmental work to be ready when those seniors graduate. I like the energy of our team and their consistency and effort in practice. That makes me think we’re going to have a pretty good year,” Coach Fish continued.

With so many teams in the district returning experienced players from last year, Coach Fish knows the task for his team will be challenging.

“There are a lot of unknowns for us. Macon County is ranked pre-season as 4th in the state and they are returning most of their team. Upperman is a pre-season number 1 and they are returning everybody. Livingston Academy returns everybody and so does Smith County and York Institute. It seems everybody is returning everybody except for us and Cannon County,” he said.

“Our style of play will be a little bit different this year because we are more athletic than we were last year. The group last year was more of a physical, bruising team. This year we have a lot of kids who can run and get up and down the floor. It should be exciting. I will be interested to see how we come out. The question is are we going to be able to finish off games because in District 8AA that is what you have to do especially on the road. That experience is what we have been missing over the last couple of years with girls who played so many minutes and have graduated. That experience of being on the floor in crunch time is what we are missing. There will be some ups and downs but by the end of the year I believe we will be right where we need to be,” said Coach Fish

With Covid-19 still a threat, Coach Fish understands there is no guarantee the season will go according to schedule

“Hopefully we can stay healthy. I know the girls and their parents are doing everything they can to make sure our kids have a season this year. We can’t take things for granted. We may be here one day and then be off for two weeks if something happens. Its going to be a roller coaster,” he said.

Because of the pandemic, attendance will have to be limited.

“We’re looking at about 330 people in attendance. We sold season tickets to our parents and it will be opened up to the public per day according to however many tickets can be allotted. We will follow the rules and be at no more than 33% gym capacity. If we are in compliance that gives our kids the best chance to play,” added Coach Fish.

The 2020-21 DCHS Basketball Schedule is as follows:
(*) denotes District 8 AA games.
(^) denotes Region 4 AA games

Game times listed start with girls game followed by boys contest

Tuesday, November 17: White House (Hall of Fame)- Home- 6 p.m.
Saturday, November 21: Pickett County (Hall of Fame)-Away- 5 p.m.
Monday, November 23: Warren County-Away- 6 p.m.
Tuesday, November 24: Red Boiling Springs- Home- 6 p.m.
Saturday, November 28: ^Grundy County-Away- 6 p.m.
Monday, November 30: ^Sequatchie County-Home- 6 p.m.

Friday, December 4: *York Institute- Away- 6 p.m.
Tuesday, December 8: *Livingston Academy- Away- 6 p.m.
Friday, December 11: *Watertown- Home- 6 p.m.
Thursday, December 17-Saturday, December 19: Sonic Shootout (boys and girls)- Sparta- TBA

Tuesday, January 5: Warren County-Home- 6 p.m.
Friday, January 8: *Cannon County-Away- 6 p.m.
Saturday, January 9: ^Sequatchie County-Away- 6 p.m.
Tuesday, January 12: *Upperman-Home- 6 p.m.
Friday, January 15: *Macon County-Away- 6 p.m.
Tuesday, January 19: *Smith County-Home- 6 p.m.
Friday, January 22: *York Institute- Home- 6 p.m.
Tuesday, January 26: *Livingston Academy- Home-6 p.m.
Friday, January 29: *Watertown- Away- 6 p.m.
Saturday, January 30: ^Grundy County-Home- 6 p.m.

Tuesday, February 2: *Cannon County-Home- 6 p.m.
Friday, February 5: *Upperman- Away- 6 p.m.
Tuesday, February 9: *Macon County- Home- 6 p.m. (Senior Night)
Thursday, February 11: *Smith County- Away- 6 p.m.
Friday, February 12: Red Boiling Springs-Away-6 p.m.

Lady Tiger Roster:

Megan Cantrell- Guard- Senior

Ellie Cripps-Guard-Senior

Hannah Willingham-Guard-Senior

Grace Griffin-Forward-Senior

Kadee Ferrell-Forward-Junior

Kennedy Agee-Guard-Junior

Summer Crook-Forward-Junior

Natalie Snipes-Guard-Junior

Madison Martin-Forward-Sophomore

Xharia Lyons-Guard-Sophomore

Ella VanVranken-Guard-Freshman

Cadee Griffith-Guard-Freshman

Ella Hendrixson-Guard-Freshman

Tess Barton-Center-Freshman

Alyssa Crook-Center-Freshman

Camryn Branin-Forward-Freshman

Ally Fuller-Forward-Freshman

Makayla Scales-Forward-Freshman

Managers: Elisabeth Seber, Jenna Wright, Zoe Cripps, and Maleah Ruch. Assistant Coaches, Maddison Parsley and Hanah Panter. Head Coach Danny Fish.

Tiger Roster:

Luke Jenkins-Senior

Aidan Curtis-Senior

Evan Jones-Senior

Jordan Young-Junior

Nathaniel Crook-Junior

Brayden Antoniak-Junior

Robert Wheeler-Sophomore

Elishah Ramos-Sophomore

Isaac Brown-Sophomore

Zack Birmingham-Sophomore

Stetson Agee-Sophomore

Conner Vance-Sophomore

Connor Paladino-Sophomore

Andrew Tramel-Sophomore

Ian Colwell-Freshman

Conner Close-Freshman

Kaleb Spears-Freshman

Alex Antoniak-Freshman

Jacob Hendrix-Freshman

Marquez Chalfant-Freshman

Managers- Aiden Whitman, Brayden Summers, Courtney London, and Summer Pedigo. Head Coach John Sanders. Assistant Coaches Logan Vance and Seth Hackett.

DCHS Basketball Cheerleaders

Presley Agee-Senior Captain

Makayla Cook-Junior Co-Captain

Evie Day-Junior

Chloe Hale-Junior

Kyleigh Hill-Junior

McKenzie Pack-Junior Co-Captain

Hannah Lohorn-Sophomore

Katherine Gassaway-Sophomore

Katie Patterson-Sophomore

Kortnee Skeen-Sophomore

Kenlee Taylor-Sophomore

Morgan Walker-Sophomore

Carlee West-Sophomore

Amelia Atnip-Sophomore

Hope Bain-Freshman

Zoi Hale-Freshman

Elaina Turner-Freshman

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