Saints, Bulldogs eliminated at James C. Haile Tournament

January 19, 2009

The DeKalb Middle School Saints and DeKalb West Bulldogs were both eliminated from the James C. Haile State Invitational Tournament in Murfreesboro on Monday.

The Saints lost to Watertown, 48-40, while the Bulldogs suffered a 44-32 defeat at the hands of Friendship Christian. Both teams won their opening round tournament games on Saturday.

DeKalb Middle jumped on top, 2-0, in their game, but found themselves on the short end of a 13-4 score at the end of the opening period. Watertown led by as many as 13 points in the second, before the Saints closed within three, at 22-19, at the half.

An 8-2 Purple Tiger run to open the third period put Watertown on top, 30-21, and the Purple Tigers held a 32-25 advantage at the end of the quarter. DMS opened the fourth period with a 9-2 run, which tied the score, 34-34, with 3:54 to play, but Watertown took over from there. The Purple Tigers ended the game with a 14-6 advantage the rest of the way, as they pulled away for the win.

Cody Puckett scored 19 points to lead the Saints, who finished the season with a final record of 17-4. Stephen Howell added eight points, followed by Hunter Graham with six, Evan Curtis with three points and Braxton Howell with two.

The Bulldogs, meanwhile, trailed 11-4 after the first period, and Friendship led by as many as 11 in the second period. West closed out the first half on a 6-0 run, which cut the Commander lead to 22-17 at the half.

Friendship pushed the lead back into double figures in the third, opening up a 33-22 advantage before the Bulldogs made it a 33-24 game at the end of the period. West played catch-up for the remainder of the contest, as Friendship out-scored the Bulldogs, 11-8, in the fourth to pull away.

Sonni Young scored 19 points to lead the Bulldogs, who dropped to 15-2 on the season. Braxton Atnip added five points, followed by Will Molander with four, while Cody Griffith and Taylor Leach had two points apiece.

The Lady Saints lost in their opening round game of the Haile Tournament to Pine Haven, 47-40, while the Lady Bulldogs did not participate in the event.

The basketball season is over for the DeKalb Middle School basketball teams. DeKalb West is scheduled to host Carroll-Oakland, Thursday night, for Eighth Grade Night. That will be the last games of the regular season for the Bulldogs and Lady Bulldogs. The Bulldogs are also scheduled to participate in the T-N-T State Tournament in Springfield.

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