The DeKalb County High School Lady Tiger basketball team more than doubled their first three period output in the fourth and final period, and rallied to a 43-37 victory over the Gordonsville Tigerettes, Friday night in Smithville. The Lady Tigers, who led for most of the first half, came back from a five-point third period deficit to win their first game of the season.
The Lady Tigers led for all but the final 32.6 seconds of the first half, when a Jana Watson three-pointer gave Gordonsville a 13-12 lead, which they held through the intermission. The lead extended to 20-15 in the third period, but DeKalb County tied the game with a 5-0 run. Gordonsville scored the last three points of the period, and led 23-20 going into the final period.
The Lady Tigers scored 23 points in the final period, while holding the visiting Tigerettes to 14 points. Cynthia Woodward scored nine of her game-high 15 points in the final period, seven from the free throw line. Watson fouled out of the game for Gordonsville, after tying the game for the final two times. DeKalb County pulled away in the final moments, aided heavily by Woodward's timely free throws.
Kristina Stephens added nine points for the Lady Tigers, while Katie Herman and Victoria Bennett had seven points apiece.
In the boys' game, the Tigers rolled to an 89-48 victory, as they blew the game open with 32 points in the second period, and a 30-6 advantage in the third period.
DC led 14-11 after the first period, but extended to a 46-32 lead at the half. Gordonsville went ice cold from the floor in the third, while the Tiger shooters remained hot. At the end of three, DeKalb County led 76-38.
Dustin Jennings led four Tigers in double figures with 15 points. Payne Denman added 13, followed by J.J. Herriott with 12 and Hunter Stewart with 10.
The Tigers are now 2-0 on the season, while the Lady Tigers are 1-1. DeKalb County will host White County, Saturday night at 6:00 p.m.