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.
Woodward led the Lady Tigers with nine points, while Katie Herman added eight. Victoria Bennett tossed in three points, while Morgan Page, Mercedes Luna and Mackenzi Gibson chipped in two points apiece. Mackenzie Sells led Livingston Academy with 13 points.
The Lady Tigers drop to 4-16 on the season, and to 0-8 in district play. Livingston Academy improves to 19-4 and 7-2.
In the boys' game, Livingston jumped out to a quick 8-2 lead, but the Tigers tied the game at 11-11, late in the first. The Wildcats scored the last four points of the period to take a 15-11 lead.
DeKalb County took their first and only lead of the game on a three-point play by Hunter Poteete with 5:24 left in the half, but Livingston Academy stormed back with five unanswered points. The Tigers tied the game at 29-29 with 2:00 left until halftime, but the Wildcats closed out the half on a 10-3 run to take a 39-32 halftime lead.
Within the first minute of the second half, the Wildcats opened up a double-figure lead, and the Tigers would not cut the lead below ten the rest of the night. Livingston led by as many as 19 points in the third period, and owned a 58-45 advantage at the end of the period. The Tigers got to within 11 in the fourth, but Livingston held off the local team for the 13-point win.
Payne Denman connected on seven three-pointers and scored 21 points to lead the Tigers, while Zack Rowland added 19. Travis Woodward and Hunter Poteete each added eight points, Hunter Stewart and J.J. Herriott each scored five, while Seth Willoughby tallied three points. Chase Dunn led Livingston Academy and all scorers with 36 points.
With the loss, the Tigers' season record is now an even 10-10, while the team drops to 3-5 in district play. Livingston Academy is still perfect in the district at 9-0, while the 'Cats are 19-3 overall.
DeKalb County will play at Macon County in a District 7-AA clash, Tuesday night. WJLE plans live coverage from Lafayette.