The DeKalb County High School Tiger basketball team broke open a close ball game with an 18-2 run in the fourth period, and routed the Monterey Wildcats, 70-48, Friday night in Monterey.
The Tigers led, 41-28, at the half, and led by as many as 15 points in the third period, before the Wildcats trimmed the lead to seven at the end of the third, and to six, with 5:21 to go in the game. Travis Woodward hit a basket, which began the Tiger surge, at the five-minute mark of the fourth. Woodward totaled eight points in the final period, as DeKalb County pulled away in the final minutes.
Zack Rowland led the Tigers with 18 points, while Woodward and Hunter Stewart each added 14. Hunter Poteete also hit double-figures with 10 points.
In the girls game, the Lady Tigers rallied from a ten-point deficit, with just over six minutes left in the game, and took a 43-42 lead over Monterey with a minute-and-a-half left. The Lady Wildcats answered with seven unanswered points to close out the game, and beat the DeKalb girls, 49-43.
The Lady Tigers came back from a five-point first period deficit to lead, 14-11, at the end of the period. Monterey went back up by five in the second, but again, DC stormed back to take the lead, late in the period. Monterey, however, held a 25-22 edge at the half.
The Lady Wildcats went up by seven, at 35-28, at the end of the third period, and upped their lead to 38-38, with 6:12 to go in the game. Cynthia Woodward and Victoria Bennett keyed the Lady Tiger rally, with five points apiece, but for the second straight night, DeKalb's late rally was not enough to pull off the big road win.
Bennett had a season-high 13 points to lead the Lady Tigers, while Woodward added 11. Molly Heady scored a game-high 29 points to lead Monterey.
The Tigers improve to 6-4, and will next be in action in the Monticello Holday Classic in Monticello, KY, beginning Thursday, December 27th. The DeKalb boys will play either Wayne County, KY, or York Institute, that night at 8:30 p.m.
The Lady Tigers, meanwhile, are now 3-7 for the season, and will participate in the Nera White Christmas Tournament in Lafayette, beginning on Thursday, December 27th. DeKalb County will play East Robertson, that day, at 5:00 p.m. in their opening round game.