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Tigers Bounce Back with Win over Hickman County

After dropping their first game of the season to Bledsoe County on Friday, the DeKalb County Tigers bounced back with a 64 to 41 victory over the Hickman County Bulldogs Saturday morning in the Cannon County Thanksgiving Classic at Woodbury.

The Tigers held a 13 to 7 lead after the first period, opened up a 10 point lead at the half, 29 to 19, and exploded for 27 points in the third period, leading 56 to 29 after three quarters of play. Hickman County edged the Tigers 12 to 8 in the fourth, but DeKalb County had plenty of cushion to spare and won by twenty three points, 64 to 41.

Several Tigers got on the board in the game including Sonni Young with 12 points, Payne Denman 11, Abram Edwards 10, Cody Puckett and Seth Willoughby each with 9, Destry Wiggins 5, and Hunter Poteete, Zach Neal, Travon Johnson, and Dylan Roller each with 2 points.

Tigers Drop their First Game of the Season

The DeKalb County Tigers came up a little short in their game with the Bledsoe County Warriors Friday afternoon in the Cannon County Thanksgiving Classic. The final score was 56 to 54.

It was the first loss of the young basketball season for the Tigers and it came against a team they had beaten just a week ago at Pikeville 66 to 47.

The Tigers trailed 14 to 8 after the first quarter but outscored the Warriors in the second period and by halftime, the game was tied at 27. DeKalb County grabbed a five point lead at 44 to 39 going into the fourth period, but the Warriors came back to take the lead and won 56 to 54.

Abram Edwards and Hunter Poteete were each in double figures, Edwards with 11 and Poteete 10. Destry Wiggins and Seth Willoughby each had eight points. Cody Puckett and Sonni Young each scored 6, Payne Denman with 3, and Zach Neal had 2 points.

DCHS Teams 3-0 after Beating Warren County

The DeKalb County Lady Tigers battled their border rivals from Warren County to a double overtime win Tuesday night to run their record to 3-0 on the young basketball season.

The Lady Pioneers led 12 to 10 after the first period and held a three point edge on DeKalb County at the half 22 to 19. The Lady Tigers took a 44 to 41 lead at the end of the third period, but Warren County pulled even with DeKalb County in the fourth and the score at the end of regulation was 49-49. Each team scored seven points in the first overtime and the score was tied at 56-56. In the second overtime, the Lady Tigers took the lead on a Mecedes Luna three pointer and with Cynthia Woodwards free throws, DeKalb County held off the Lady Pioneers to win 63 to 59.

Cynthia Woodward led the team in scoring with 22 points. Kristina Stephens had 15 points, Alex Meadows 11, Mecedes Luna 9, Martha Webb 4, and Morgan Page with 2 points.

DCHS Get Road Wins at Bledsoe County

The DeKalb County High School Basketball Teams went to Pikeville Friday night and knocked off the Warriors and Lady Warriors in the Hall of Fame Classic.

The Lady Tigers of Coach Joe Pat Cope, are now 2-0 after beating the hosts 43 to 36 while the Tigers, under Coach Lynus Martin, are also 2-0 after getting a 66 to 47 victory.

In the girls game, Bledsoe County jumped out to a 13 to 8 lead by the end of the first quarter but DeKalb County took a 16 to 15 lead by halftime. Each team scored 13 points in the third period and the Lady Tigers held a 29 to 28 advantage at the end of the third period. The Lady Tigers expanded the lead in the fourth quarter and won 43 to 36.

Martha Webb led the Lady Tigers in scoring with 21 points followed by Alex Meadows with 6, Mercedes Luna 5, Brooke Hutchins 4, Kristina Stephens 4, Nikki Bass 2, and Morgan Page with 1 point. Lady Tiger starter Cynthia Woodward was out due to sickness.

DCHS Basketball Teams Sweep in Season Openers

The DeKalb County High School Tiger and Lady Tiger basketball teams swept at home Tuesday night beating Trousdale County in their first games of the regular season.

The Lady Tigers watched their big lead evaporate but they won it in a close one, 47 to 46 in head coach Joe Pat Cope's debut. The Tigers, meanwhile had a close battle in their game, and won 55 to 51

The games were played as part of the Hall of Fame Classic, which are games that can either count as regular season or pre-season games. Coaches have the option whether or not to count the contests on their win-loss record.

The DC girls opened up a 27 to 8 lead by the end of the first period, but Trousdale County had cut the Lady Tiger advantage to 10 by half time, 34 to 24. DeKalb County's lead dwindled to 3 by the end of the third quarter 35 to 32. Trousdale County took the lead with a little over three minutes left in the game but the Lady Tigers fought back and won 47 to 46.

Paul Rowland Named Coach of New Baseball Program

Paul Rowland has been named head coach of the new baseball program being organized at DeKalb West School.

Jeff McMillen, member of the booster group which made the selection, says Rowland will do a great job. "We have settled in on picking us a head coach, Paul Rowland. We had three good applicants for the baseball program. The board did select the coach which consists of myself, Jeff McMillen , Tim Davenport, Bennie Curtis, and Clark Oakley. There was a lot of time put into this selection. We all came to an agreement in the end as to what we thought was in the best interest of the school, the kids, and everybody involved. We feel like Paul will take this program forward. He'll have a winning program. We've got some guidelines we're trying to put together in a coach's handbook so he'll know what we expect from him, and what he is to expect from us. I think it will work great."

State Play-off Run Ends for Tigers

The state playoff run for the DeKalb County Tigers came to an end Friday night as the black and gold lost to the Maplewood Panthers 56 to 30.

The game was played at Hunter's Lane High School in Nashville.

The Tigers scored first on a 35 yard touchdown pass play from Quarterback Hunter Poteete to Abram Edwards. Zach Taylor converted on the P.A.T. and DeKalb County led 7-0 with 10:46 left in the first quarter.

Maplewood's Enrico Buchanan put the panthers on the board with 9:36 left in the first period on a 61 yard touchdown run. The P.A.T. attempt was no good and DeKalb County led 7-6.

LaDarius Van Lier scored on a 63 yard touchdown run with 4:23 left in the first period. The two point conversion by Stanley Hagan was good and Maplewood led 14-7. That was the score at the end of the first period.

The Tigers cut the Maplewood lead to 14-10 on a 34 yard field goal by Zach Taylor with 11:35 left in the second quarter.

Payne Denman Signs to Play Golf at Florida

Two time state high school golf champion Payne Denman officially signed scholarship papers Wednesday to play golf at the University of Florida.

The signing took place at DCHS with members of Denman's family, coach, and principal looking on.

Denman says he's proud of his high school accomplishments and is ready to move to the next level. "I've been looking forward to this for a long time. It's finally here and I'm really glad and ready to get on with my life and see what Florida holds for me. I mainly chose Florida because their tradition is really good. They've always been known to have a great golf team and with all the other great athletic achievements they have made me want to be a part of it."


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