The DeKalb County High School Lady Tiger basketball team was held without a point in the second half, made only two field goals in the first half, and was handed a lopsided 57-13 loss at White County, Saturday night.
After falling behind early in the opening period, the Lady Tigers tied the game at 5-5 with 3:58 to go in the period. The Warriorettes upped the lead to eight in the final seconds, but Victoria Bennett nailed a three-pointer at the buzzer to make it a 13-8 White County lead. Bennett's shot was the only field goal of the opening period, and Mercedes Luna's jumper with four and a half minutes left in the second was the only other basket from the floor in the game for the DC girls. The Lady Tigers made 8 out of 14 free throw attempts in the first half.
White County pushed the lead to 21-8 within the first two minutes of the second period, and had a 28-13 lead by halftime. The Warriorettes added 15 points in the third and 14 more in the fourth period, while the Lady Tigers failed to find the basket the entire second half.
Bennett's five first period points led the Lady Tigers in scoring, while Katie Herman added four. Luna ended up with three points, while Morgan Page rounded out the DC scoring with a free throw. Lacy Yslas led White County with 19 points.
The Lady Tigers dropped to 4-12 overall with the loss.
In the boys' contest, the DeKalb County Tigers let a nine-point second period lead slip away, as they lost to the host Warriors, 81-69.
The Warriors led most of the way in a nip-and-tuck opening period, but the Tigers gained the upper hand on Payne Denman's four-point play with 1:48 to go in the first, which gave DC a 16-12 lead. The Tigers led 17-14 at the end of the first period.
DeKalb County pushed the lead to nine on two separate occasions in the second period, Back-to-back three-point plays by J.J Herriott and Hunter Poteete gave the Tigers a 33-24 lead, with 3:10 to go in the half, but White County went on a 20-5 tear to take a 44-38 halftime lead.
The Tigers never led again, as they got to within three points early in the third period, but the Warriors extended the advantage to 61-47 by the end of the period. DeKalb County out-scored their Sparta rival, 22-20 in the fourth, but the Warriors ran away with the 12-point victory.
Denman had a season-high 21 points to lead the Tigers, while Travis Woodward added 14. Kyle Delaney led White County and all scorers with 27 points.
The Tigers fell to 7-9 on the season.
DeKalb County will return home on Tuesday night to play district foe, Smith County. Tip-off of the girls' game is set for 6:00 p.m. with boys' action to follow. WJLE plans live coverage.