District 7-AA Player of the Year, Chase Dunn, scored 15 points and led a balanced Livingston Academy team to a 68-41 rout of the DeKalb County Tigers in the semi-final round of the Region 4-AA Tournament at Upperman High School in Baxter, Tuesday night. The loss ended the season for the Tigers, who finished 19-12 for the year, and made their first appearance in the Region semis since the 2000-01 season. Livingston Academy, meanwhile, improves to 30-2 on the season, and will meet Upperman, Thursday night, for the Region Tournament championship. The Bees knocked off John Jenkins and the Station Camp Bison, 73-60, in Tuesday's other semi-final game.
The DeKalb County Tigers knocked off the Whitehouse Blue Devils 62 to 57 Saturday night in the first round of the Region 4AA Basketball Tournament at Whitehouse.
The DeKalb Middle School basketball program held its basketball banquet, Thursday night, at the Smithville First United Methodist Church Christian Fellowship Center.
Eighth grade guard, Cody Puckett, was named the Most Valuable Player for the Saints, this past season, while eighth graders, Chelsea Lewis and Lydia Foutch, shared Co-MVP honors for the Lady Saints. Emily Webb, meanwhile, was named Most Valuable Cheerleader.
In addition to the MVP award, Puckett - who averaged 15.2 points per game for the Saints, this season - was also named Best Offensive Player, and was recognized with a trophy for earning All-Tournament honors at the James C. Haile State Invitational Tournament. Puckett started all but one game in his three-year career at DMS.
Other Saints awards were as follows:
Hardest Worker - Kalab Ferrell
Most Improved - Eli Lomas
Team Player - Alex Hall
Hustle Award - Dillan Reeder
Best Sixth Man - Braxton Howell & Lucas Phillips
Payne Denman scored 18 points to lead four Tigers in double-figures, as the DeKalb County High School basketball team beat the Macon County Tigers in overtime, 72-66, Tuesday night, to take third place in the District 7-AA Tournament at Tennessee Tech in Cookeville. Meanwhile, the Livingston Academy Wildcats, the tournament's top overall seed, beat the second-seeded Upperman Bees, 70-61, to win the District crown.
The Livingston Academy Wildcats ended the DeKalb County Tigers' hopes of a District 7-AA Tournament championship, Saturday afternoon, as the top-seeded Wilcats handed the DC boys a 77-47 setback, putting the Tigers in Tuesday evening's consolation game against Macon County. Livingston led from start to finish, as the Wildcats beat DeKalb County for the third time this season.
Deven Ramsey scored 16 points and pulled down 15 rebounds, as Livingston Academy jumped on top, 18-12, at the end of the first period, and held a 34-25 edge at the half. The third period was the difference in the game, as the Wildcats turned up their defensive heat, and out-scored the Tigers, 24-7, to go ahead, 58-42. Livingston finished off the rout with a 19-15 score in the fourth period.
Jeff Miller scored 19 points and Abram Edwards added 13 more as the fourth-seeded DeKalb County High School Tiger basketball team advanced to the semi-finals of the District 7-AA Tournament, with a 56-54 win over fifth-seeded Cannon County, Friday night at Tennessee Tech. The Tigers blew a 14-point first half lead, and had to fight back from a nine-point third period deficit to earn the win, and also claim a berth into next week's Region 4-AA Tournament in the process.
The Tigers got off to a hot start, hitting 4-of-7 three-point attempts in the first period, three of those coming from Miller, who had nine points in the quarter. DeKalb County led 16-9 at the end of the first, and owned a 25-11 lead, with 5:52 to go in the half. The Lions rallied, however, using a 15-0 run to go up, 26-25, with 1:08 to go in the half. The Tigers scored the last basket of the half, and took a 27--26 lead into the locker room at the intermission.
The All-District 7-AA teams were announced on Tuesday, at the annual year-end coaches' meeting in Cookeville.
Upperman's LaShay Davis and Livingston Academy's Chase Dunn were named the District's Most Valuable Player's for the 2008-09 season. Both seniors, Davis is a Western Kentucky signee, while Dunn will play college basketball next season at Tennessee Tech.
Meanwhile, Livingston Academy's Lesley Smith and Upperman's Dana McWilliams each shared the girls' District 7-AA Coach of the Year honor, while Bobby McWilliams of Upperman was named the boys' District Coach of the Year.
Other District 7-AA grls' awards were as follows:
Most Improved Player: Kayla Biles, Upperman
Freshman of the Year: Calamity Jane Coley, Macon County
Defensive Player of the Year: Kayci Ferris, Smith County
A solid first half performance wasn't enough to propel the DeKalb County High School Lady Tiger basketball team into the next round of the District 7-AA Tournament. The Lady Tigers had a seven-point lead at halftime in Thursday's play-in round game at Macon County, but a poor second half sent the DeKalb County girls packing, as the host Tigerettes rallied for a 62-46 victory.
Cynthia Woodward scored 16 first half points for the Lady Tigers, who held a 14-13 lead at the end of the first period, and opened up the advantage to seven points - at 31-24 - at the half. A 14-2 Macon County run to open the third period gave the host Tigerettes the lead for good. Macon out-scored DeKalb, 22-6, in the third period to go up, 46-37, at the end of the third period, and the Tigerettes closed out the game with a 16-9 edge in the fourth.
Another DCHS student-athlete is moving on to play sports on the collegiate level.
Tigerette softball senior, Victoria Bennett, signed scholarship papers with Cumberland University in Lebanon, on Tuesday. Bennett, currently, is a member of the DCHS Tigerette program, and has been a starter for three years.
“I feel like Cumberland is a good fit for me, and I’m very excited for the opportunity to go there and play,” said Bennett, who plans to major in Athletic Training, which the Lebanon school is well known for. “I love what the coaches are doing with the program, and it excites me to have the opportunity to possibly go in and contribute right away.”
The District 7-AA basketball tournament will start on Thursday night, with a pair of games in two different locations.
The opening round play-in games, between the number six and seven seeds, will be played at the site of higher seeds on Thursday, with winners advancing to the regular tournament at Tennessee Tech’s Hooper-Eblen Center on Friday.
The DeKalb County Lady Tigers will travel to Lafayette for the second straight year to open tournament play against the Macon County Tigerettes in the play-in round. Last year, the Tigerettes eliminated the DeKalb County girls in Lafayette, 54-32.
Macon County swept the regular season series with the Lady Tigers, winning 69-53, in Lafayette, back on January 13th, and 61-42, in Smithville, on February 3rd. Tip-off time, this Thursday night, is slated for 6:00 p.m.
In the boys’ play-in game, the sixth-seeded York Institute Dragons will host the seventh-seeded Smith County Owls, Thursday night at 6:00 p.m.
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