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Tigers Lose Close Game to Franklin County in Sonic Shoot-Out

The DeKalb County Tigers lost a close game to the Franklin County Rebels on the third and final day of the Sonic Shoot-Out in Sparta Wednesday morning. The final score was 60 to 57.

With the loss, the Tigers concluded tournament play this week at 0-3 and drop to 7-7 on the season.

Franklin County built a nine point lead over the Tigers 20 to 11 by the end of the first period but DeKalb County closed the gap in the second quarter, outscoring the Rebels 19 to 15 to trail by five points, 35 to 30 at halftime. Franklin County edged the Tigers 14 to 13 in the third period and led by six, 49 to 43 at the end of the third quarter. DeKalb County outscored the Rebels in the fourth period 14 to 11 but fell just short, losing 60 to 57.

Seth Willoughby led the Tigers in scoring with 22 points. Hunter Poteete had 11, Payne Denman 9, Destry Wiggins 7, Abram Edwards 5, and Zach Neal with 3 points.

DeKalb County Teams Sent to Losers Bracket of Sonic Shoot-Out

Both the DeKalb County Tigers and Lady Tigers were sent to the losers bracket of the Sonic Shoot-Out in Sparta Monday after dropping their first games of the tournament.

The Tigers played McMinn County to overtime before losing 73 to 67 while the Lady Tigers fell to Franklin County 59 to 48.

In the boys game, the Tigers trailed 14 to 12 after the first period but the game was tied at 29 to 29 by half time as DeKalb County outscored McMinn County 17 to 15 in the second quarter. The Tigers fell behind 48 to 45 at the end of the third quarter, being outscored 19 to 16. DeKalb County pulled even by the end of regulation 63 to 63, outscoring McMinn County 18 to 15 in the fourth period. But in the overtime session, McMinn County scored 10 points and held the Tigers to 4 points for a 73 to 67 victory.

Payne Denman led the Tigers in scoring with 23 points. Seth Willoughby had 16, Abram Edwards 11, Cody Puckett 5, and Zach Neal, Destry Wiggins, and Hunter Poteete each had 4 points.

DCHS Snaps Three Game Losing Skids with Wins over Watertown

The DeKalb County Tigers and Lady Tigers each snapped a three game losing skid Friday night with wins over the Watertown Purple Tigers and Tigerettes.

The DeKalb girls won 41 to 26 while the Tigers prevailed 61 to 49.

For the ladies, DeKalb led by six after the first period 14 to 8 and stretched the lead to nine points by half time 24 to 15. The Lady Tigers were outscored 8 to 7 in the third but led by eight, 31 to 23 as the game entered the fourth quarter. In the final period, DeKalb outscored Watertown 10 to 3 and won by 15 points, 41 to 26.

Cynthia Woodward had 14 points for the Lady Tigers. Martha Webb with 12, Kristina Stephens 9, Mercedes Luna with 4, and Nikki Bass had 2 points.

DeKalb Tigers and Lady Tigers Lose Cat Fight with Livingston Academy

Both the DeKalb County Tigers and Lady Tigers dropped their third straight district games of the season Tuesday night, falling to Livingston Academy in Smithville.

The Lady Tigers lost by 31 points, 67 to 36. The Tigers came up five points short, losing 59 to 54.

With the defeats, both DeKalb County teams slip to 6-4 overall and 0-3 in district play.

The Lady Wildcats outscored DeKalb County 19 to 9 in the first period, 24 to 10 in the second quarter, and 16 to 9 in the third period. Each team scored 8 points in the fourth quarter. Livingston Academy led 43 to 19 at half time and 59 to 28 after the third period before going on to win 67 to 36.

Martha Webb was the only Lady Tiger in double figures with 13 points. Kristina Stephens 8, Cynthia Woodward 5, Brooke Hutchings 3, Morgan Page, Mercedes Luna, and Nikki Bass each with 2 points, and Alex Meadows had 1 point.

DCHS Teams Still Seeking First District Wins After Trip to York Institute

The DeKalb County High School basketball teams are still looking for their first district victories of the season after losing at York Institute Friday night.

The Dragons beat the Tigers 69 to 58 and the Lady Dragons won 68 to 49

The Lady Tigers trailed 10 to 9 after the first period but outscored the Lady Dragons 21 to 17 in the second quarter and DeKalb led 30 to 27 at half time. York Institute edged DeKalb County 16 to 14 in the third, still the Lady Tigers led by one, 44 to 43 heading into the fourth quarter. From there, the Lady Dragons outgunned the Lady Tigers 25 to 5 and won the game 68 to 49.

Alex Meadows had 18 points for DeKalb County. Martha Webb 11, Cynthia Woodward 10, Kristina Stephens 5, Nikki Bass 4, and Morgan Page with 1 point.

In the nightcap, the Tigers found themselves behind 22 to 11 after the first period and 29 to 22 at halftime. The Dragons led 44 to 36 after the third period and went on to win 69 to 58.

Upperman Bees Sting Tigers and Lady Tigers

The DeKalb County Tigers and Lady Tigers dropped their district openers Tuesday night at home to the Upperman Bees and Lady Bees.

The final scores were 78 to 38 in the girls game and 57 to 52 in the boys contest.

For the girls, Upperman had a 10 point lead after the first period 21 to 11 and outscored the Lady Tigers 19 to 10 in the second period to lead 40 to 21 at half time. The Lady Bees outpaced DeKalb 17 to 9 in the third period and led by 27 going into the fourth quarter 57 to 30. In the fourth quarter, Upperman outgunned DeKalb 21 to 8 and won 78 to 38.

Nikki Bass had 12 points for DeKalb County followed by Cynthia Woodward with 11, Martha Webb 8, Kristina Stephens with 5 and Mercedes Luna 2.

In the boys game, DeKalb trailed 13 to 10 after the first period and 21 to 20 at halftime. The Bees led by six, 37 to 31 after the third period. DeKalb edged Upperman in the fourth period 21 to 20 but the Bees won by five, 57 to 52.

DCHS Basketball Cheerleaders Win State Championship

The DeKalb County Basketball Cheerleaders have won the 2009 TSSAA State Cheer Non-Building Championship. The competition was held Saturday at MTSU's Murphy Center.

The Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association (TSSAA) began the State Cheerleading Championship in 1998. Since the first competition, the DeKalb County Basketball Cheerleaders have competed each year. During the last five years, they have won four State Cheer Championships.

The preparation for competition level performances began in July when the local cheerleaders participated in a Cheerleaders of America (COA) Cheer Camp. At the camp, Kendra Foutch and Amanda Ours were each named All American Cheerleaders, a prestigious award based on cheer skills, spirit, and leadership. Other awards presented at the camp were:

Best Gymnastics: Kendra Foutch,
Most Spirited: Amanda Ours,
Cheerleadership: Caroline Carter,
Best Stunter: Sydney Robinson,
Best Jumps: Jasmine Dimas.

DeKalb Teams Win Battle of the Cats

The DeKalb County Lady Tigers had four players in double figures Friday night as the local black and gold defeated the Gordonsville Tigerettes on the road 63 to 49.

Cynthia Woodward had 16 points, Nikki Bass had 15, while Martha Webb and Kristina Stephens each scored 14 to pace the Lady Tigers in scoring. Morgan Page rounded out the scoring with 4 points.

Gordonsville led 16 to 12 after the first period but the game was tied at 22 at halftime as DeKalb outscored the home team 10 to 6 in the second quarter. The Lady Tigers held a six point lead at the end of the third period, 42 to 36 and outscored Gordonsville in the fourth quarter 21 to 13 to win 63 to 49.

The Lady Tigers are now 6-1 on the season.

The Tigers, meanwhile won their game 51 to 41 to run their season record to 6-1.

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