The DeKalb County High School basketball teams opened the 2009 portion of their basketball schedule by splitting a pair of non-district home games with Watertown. The Lady Tigers dropped their new year's opener, 40-33, while the Tigers rolled in the nightcap, 65-38.
Watertown took the lead for good early in the first period of the girls game. The Purple Tigerettes held a 9-6 advantage at the end of the first period, and opened up a 21-13 lead at the half. Watertown extended their margin to 30-18 at the end of the third period, and led by as many as 15 - at 33-18 - early in the fourth. The Lady Tigers stormed back and cut the deficit all the way down to six, at 35-29, late in the fourth period, but could draw no closer.
Cynthia Woodward scored 15 points to lead the Lady Tigers, while Kristina Stephens added seven. Miaushia Thompson led Watertown and all scorers with 20 points. The Lady Tigers dropped to 5-10 overall on the season.
The Tigers went ahead, 6-4, in the first period of the boys game and never trailed again. A 10-0 DC run in the opening quarter gave the Tigers a 13-4 lead at one point, and DeKalb held a 13-7 advantage at the end of the first. DC quickly pushed the lead into double figures, early in the second period, and held a 29-18 lead at the half.
The Purple Tigers cut the DeKalb lead into single digits to open the second half, but the Tigers quickly extended the margin back into double-figures. By the end of the third period, DC led 53-30, and the Tigers rolled on to the easy 65-38 victory.
Seth Willoughby led DeKalb County with 15 points, while Hunter Poteete tallied 10. Ben Smith led Watertown with 10 points. The Tigers improved to 10-5 on the 2008-09 basketball season.
DeKalb County will have eight days off, then will travel to Lafayette, next Tuesday (January 13th), to take on Macon County. Tip-off is set for 6:00 p.m. WJLE plans live coverage.