The DeKalb County High School Tiger basketball team led the Livingston Academy Wildcats for most of three periods, Tuesday night in Smithville, but a late surge lifted the 'Cats to a 73-66 win over the DC boys in the District 7-AA clash.
Payne Denman and Travis Woodward each scored 17 points for the Tigers, but combined for only two points in the fourth period. DeKalb led by as many as seven points on two seperate occasions, in the second and third periods, but the Wildcats rallied to take a 59-58 lead by the end of the third period. The Tigers led 19-17 after the first period, and 39-37 at the half.
Chase Dunn, who entered the game averaging almost 23 points per game for the 'Cats, was held to just three points through the first three periods, but scored seven in the fourth period, all from the free throw line. Seth Willoughby's three-pointer, early in the fourth period, gave the Tigers a 61-59 lead, but that would be the last DC lead of the game. Dunn and company pushed the lead to seven, and the Tigers were unable to come back.
T.J. Smith led five wildcats in double figures with 14 points, while Hunter Stewart added 14 for the Tigers, who fell to 0-3 in the district and to 3-4 overall.
In the girls' game, Livingston's stifling press enabled the Lady Wildcats to take a 15-2 first period lead, and they never looked back in a 57-33 victory over the Lady Tigers.
Livingston owned a 23-10 lead at the half, and opened up a 45-20 lead by the end of the third period.
Katie Herman led DeKalb County with eight points, while Kristina Stephens added six. Alissa Sells led Livingston Academy with 18 points. The Lady Tigers drop to 0-3 in the district and to 2-5 overall. DeKalb County will visit Watertown, Thursday night, at 6:30 p.m.