Lions edge Tigers on late-game three-pointer

January 16, 2009

Matthew Stluka scored 22 points and hit a three-pointer with ten seconds remaining in the fourth period, as the Cannon County Lions edged the DeKalb County Tigers, 70-69, in a District 7-AA border clash, Friday night, in Smithville.

An additional four seconds ran off the clock after a DeKalb County timeout upon Stluka's shot, but the clock was not reset. The Tigers got the ball with 6.5 seconds remaining, and Hunter Poteete fired a three-pointer which bounced off the rim as time expired.

The Lions hit a total of 14 three-pointers in the game, including six in the first period, as they opened up a 24-10 lead. The Tigers cut the Cannon advantage down to five in the last minute of the first half, but the Lions went to the locker room with a 35-28 lead. DeKalb County got as close as three points in the third period, but the Lions extended the lead again, opening up a 54-46 lead at the end of the quarter.

The Tigers took the lead with five and a half minutes left in regulation, and led by as many as four points in the fourth period. The to teams battled back and forth in the final minutes, and Seth Willoughby gave DC a 69-67 lead, with 21.5 seconds to go in the game. The Lions came back down the court and went ahead on Stluka's three, which proved to be the game-winner.

Jeff Miller led four Tigers in double figures with 17 points, followed by J.J. Herriott with 15. Willoughby added 13, while Payne Denman tallied 10. Justin Davenport added 13 points for Cannon County.

The Tigers dropped to 10-7 overall and to 1-4 in the district. Cannon County improved to 8-9 overall, and to 3-2 in district play.

Meanwhile, Cannon County dominated the girls' contest, as they routed the Lady Tigers, 72-40. DeKalb County held an early 6-3 lead, but the Lionettes ended the first and opened the second on a 12-0 run, which gave them an 18-8 lead, with 5:47 left in the half. The Lionettes followed that run with a 14-2 run, which extended the lead to 20, at 32-12, with 1:35 to go in the half. Cannon County led 37-15 at the break.

Each team scored 14 points in the third period, as the margin remained 22 points, at 51-29, going into the fourth. The Lionettes added another 21 points in the final period, as they rolled to the easy win.

Cynthia Woodward and Martha Webb shared the scoring lead for the Lady Tigers with 11 points apiece, while Emily Sissom led Cannon County with 22 points.

The Lady Tigers drop to 5-12 overall and to 0-5 in the district, while Cannon County improved to 11-6 overall and to 2-3 in district play.

DeKalb County will travel to Carthage to play Smith County, Tuesday night, at 6:00 p.m.

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