The DeKalb County High School Tiger basketball team routed the Warren County Pioneers, 64-48, in the home opener Tuesday night in Smithville, while the Lady Tigers watched a one-point lead entering the fourth period evaporate in a 54-38 loss.
The Lady Tigers battled back and forth with the Lady Pioneers for most of three periods before the fourth period collapse. DeKalb led, 12-11, at the end of the first, then extended their lead to four points late in the second period. Warren County closed out the second on an 8-3 run, however, and led 24-23 at the half.
Down 30-25 in the final minutes of the third, the Lady Tigers went on a 6-0 run to close out the period, and led 31-30 at the end of three. The Lady Pioneers scored the first ten points of the fourth period, and took advantage of a tired Lady tiger line-up for a 24-7 final period advantage.
Cynthia Woodward led DeKalb County with 12 points, followed by Katie Herman with eight. Kristina Stephens and Morgan Page added five points apiece, Victoria Bennett had three, Martha Webb and Mercedes Luna had two points apiece, while Lauren Hansard chipped in a free throw. Brooke Bowman scoredd 22 points to lead Warren County, 16 of those came in the fourth period.
The Tigers trailed only one time in their game, after Chris Weitzel's basket opened the game for the Pioneers. From there, DeKalb County went on a 10-0 run, and opened up a 10-4 lead by the end of the first period. The Tigers led 30-17 at the half, and 47-28 through three periods.
Hunter Stewart scored 17 points to lead the Tigers, while Travis Woodward and Payne Denman each added 11. John Malone, J.J. Herriott and Dustin Jennings had six points each, Seth Willoughby tallied three, while Zack Rowland and Hunter Poteete each added two points, Witzel led Warren County and all scorers with 21 points.
DeKalb County will take a ten-day break from the hardwood, and will return to action on Friday, November 30th, at home against Gordonsville.