The DeKalb County Lady Tiger basketball team battled back from a 20-point fourth period deficit at York Institute, Friday night, but could not overcome the Dragonettes in a district 7-AA clash. York's 66-50 win over the Lady Tigers marked the local team's 100th consecutive loss in District play.
DeKalb County never led in the girls' contest, but kept did not allow the Dragonettes to blow the game open. York led 14-6 at the end of the first period, and 33-20 at the half. The Dragonette lead ballooned to 53-33 at the end of the third period, but the Lady Tigers sliced the margin to 59-50 within the last two minutes of the final quarter. York, however, closed out the game on a 7-0 run, which helped them pull away for the district win.
Cynthia Woodward led the Lady Tigers with 15 points, while Katie Herman added 14. Victoria Bennett tossed in nine points for DeKalb County. Molly Eacret led York Institute and all scorers with 20 points.
The Lady Tigers last won a district game on January 7th, 2000, when they beat Smith County, 50-45, in Carthage.
In the nightcap, the Tigers also came out on the short end of the stick against host, York, as they fell 54-41. The Dragons led 13-10 after one and 31-24 at the half. The two teams combined for only three points in the third period, with York taking a 33-25 lead into the final period. The Dragons out-scored the Tigers 21-16 to pull away for the win.
Travis Woodward and Payne Denman each scored 12 points to lead the Tigers, while Zack Newbaker tallied 21 points to lead the Dragons.
The Lady Tigers are now 1-4 overall on the season, while the Tigers drop to 2-3. Both teams are 0-2 in district play. DeKalb County will host Watertown, Saturday night, at 6:00 p.m.