The DeKalb County High School basketball teams split their games at the Cannon County Thanksgiving Classic on Saturday, this time with the girls winning and the boys suffering a setback. The Lady Tigers blew out Page High School, 49-24, while the Patriots rallied past the Tigers in the boys' contest, 50-45. Both DCHS teams are now 2-2 on the young season.
The Lady Tigers never trailed in the girls' game, as they held an 8-0 lead before the Lady Patriots got on the scoreboard. DeKalb County led 11-2 at the end of the first period, and held a 26-6 advantage at the half. The DC girls continued to pour it on in the second half, as they out-scored Page, 15-8, in the third period, to open up a 41-14 lead. Page won the fourth period, 10-4, but the Lady Tigers cruised to the easy win.
Cynthia Woodward led DC and all scorers with 26 points, while Kristina Stephens, Morgan page and Martha Webb each added four. Kacy Herald led Page with 10 points.
The boys game went back-and-forth through the entre four periods, with the Tigers holding a 12-11 lead at the end of the first period, and Page earning a 22-19 edge toward the end of the half. Payne Denman drained a three-pointer in the closing seconds, however, and tied the game at the intermission, at 22-22.
The Patriots jumped on top, 35-32, through three periods, but the Tigers opened up the lead early in the fourth. Another Page rally, however, put the Patriots up in the closing seconds, and key free throws by Houston Bagsby and Jeff Roberts in the final seconds sealed the win for Page.
Denman led the Tigers with 17 points, while J.J. Herriott added eight. J.C. Knox paced the Patriots with 14 points.
DeKalb County will return home on Tuesday to host Monterey. Tip-off of the girls' game will be at 6:00 p.m. with boys' action to follow. WJLE will have live coverage.