Upperman survives in Smithville, as Tiger rally falls short

January 27, 2009

The DeKalb County Tigers battled back from a 15-point deficit against the visiting Upperman Bees, Tuesday night, but fell short in their comeback effort. Behind Carrin Nash's 22 points, the Bees hung on for a 59-54 win over the Tigers, which kept Upperman a perfect 8-0 in the district. DeKalb County dropped to 2-5 in district play.

Upperman led for most of the contest, with the Tigers holding just one lead through the entire four periods. The Bees held a 12-9 edge at the end of the first period, and a 35-22 advantage at the half, after extending the margin to 15 points, late in the second. DeKalb County worked the deficit under ten points in the third, but Upperman took a 45-35 lead into the final period.

The Tigers opened the fourth on a 12-3 run, which cut the Bees' lead to 48-47, with 4:05 left in regulation. DeKalb County trimmed the deficit to a single point on three other occasions, but could never take the lead. Hunter Poteete had a chance to tie the game in the final five seconds, but his three-point attempt clanked off the rim. Nash rebounded for Upperman, and sealed the win with a pair of free throws, with 1.5 seconds remaining on the clock.

J.J. Herriott led DeKalb County with 13 points, while Hunter Stewart added 10. The Tigers fall to 12-8 overall on the season.

Meanwhile, Upperman rolled in the girls' contest, 79-42, behind 17 points from LaShay Davis.

The Lady Bees opened up an 11-4 lead, early in the game, but DeKalb County rallied to tie the contest, with 1:44 left in the opening period. From that point through the end of the half, however, Upperman out-scored DeKalb County, 33-10, which gave the Lady Bees a 44-21 halftime advantage.

The Lady Tigers got no closer than 25 points in the second half, as Upperman out-scored DC, 16-9, in the third to go up, 60-30, and with their five starters on the bench in the fourth, the Lady Bees claimed a 19-12 edge in the fourth to roll to victory.

Cynthia Woodward scored 13 points to lead DeKalb County, while Martha Webb added nine.

The Lady Tigers drop to 5-15 overall, and to 0-7 in the district. Upperman, who is ranked #2 in the State in Class AA, improved to 22-1 overall and to 8-0 in District 7-AA.

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