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Macon County adds to recent DeKalb struggles

February 3, 2009

The DeKalb County HIgh School basketball teams continued to struggle against district competition, Tuesday night, as Macon County High School came to town. The Macon County Tigerettes broke open a close game at the half, and pulled away from the DeKalb Lady Tigers, 61-42, to hand the DCHS girls their tenth consecutive loss. Meanwhile, the Macon County boys scored a 63-54 victory over the local Tigers, which was the third straight loss for the local team, and their fifth defeat in their last seven games.

The Macon County girls led 16-9 at the end of the opening period, but the Lady Tigers captured a 24-23 lead, with 58 seconds left in the half. The Tigerettes scored the last five points of the half, to go up 28-24, and out-scored DC, 17-2, in the third, to roll out to a 45-26 advantage. Each team scored 16 points in the fourth, as Macon carried the 19-point advantage to the final horn.

Wildcats Take Two in Smithville

January 30, 2009

The DeKalb County High School basketball teams lost on their home court Friday night to the visiting Livingston Academy Wildcats and Lady Wildcats.

In the girls game, Livingston Academy won 75 to 42 and the Wildcats knocked off the Tigers in the nightcap 75 to 60.

The Lady Wildcats led 21 to 5 after the first period, 45 to 15 at halftime, and 64 to 27 after the third quarter, before notching the 75 to 42 win.

Martha Webb led the Lady Tigers with 16 points. Victoria Bennett had 8. Cynthia Woodward 7, Morgan Page and Elicia Cantrell each with 3 points and Mercedes Luna and Alex Meadows each had 2 points.

Shelby Taylor led Livingston Academy with 19 points.

In the boys game, the Wildcats led 20 to 11 after the first period, 36 to 26 at halftme, and 51 to 42 after the third period, before going on to win 75 to 60.

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.

Tigers, Lady Tigers split with Monterey

The DeKalb County High School basketball teams split a doubleheader at Monterey, Friday night. The Lady Tigers lost the opener, 40-35, while the Tigers won the nightcap, 59-41.

The Lady Tigers led for most of the first three periods, but Monterey gained the lead late in the third, and pulled away late. DeKalb County led 6-4 at the end of the first period, and had a 12-6 lead late in the second. Monterey scored the final six points of the half to tie the game at 12-12 at the intermission.

DeKalb had a 21-16 lead late in the third, but the Lady Wildcats rallied for a 23-21 lead by the end of the period. Monterey out-scored the Lady Tigers, 17-14, in the fourth to pull away for the win.

Cynthia Woodward scored 12 points to lead the Lady Tigers, while Victoria Bennett added seven. Britnee Sells tallied 13 points to lead Monterey.

Tigers tame Owls; Lady Tigers lose close one

January 20, 2009

The DeKalb County High School basketball teams split a district doubleheader in Carthage against Smith County, Tuesday night.

The Lady Tigers put up a valiant fight in the gymnasium where they last won a district basketball game, but fell to the Smith County Lady Owls, 41-28. The Tigers, meanwhile, never trailed in the nightcap, and rolled to a 64-47 victory, which snapped their three-game district losing streak.

The Lady Tigers scored their first four points of the girls' game, and held Smith County scoreless for the first 4:45 of the opening period. The Lady Owls battled back, however, and took an 8-6 lead at the end of the poening period. Smith County led by as many as six points in the second, before DeKalb County cut it to a one-point game, at 17-16, at the half.

Saints, Bulldogs eliminated at James C. Haile Tournament

January 19, 2009

The DeKalb Middle School Saints and DeKalb West Bulldogs were both eliminated from the James C. Haile State Invitational Tournament in Murfreesboro on Monday.

The Saints lost to Watertown, 48-40, while the Bulldogs suffered a 44-32 defeat at the hands of Friendship Christian. Both teams won their opening round tournament games on Saturday.

DeKalb Middle jumped on top, 2-0, in their game, but found themselves on the short end of a 13-4 score at the end of the opening period. Watertown led by as many as 13 points in the second, before the Saints closed within three, at 22-19, at the half.

Saints, Bulldogs advance in Haile Tourney; Lady Saints eliminated

January 17, 2009

The DeKalb Middle School Saints and DeKalb West Bulldogs each fought off slow starts to advance in the James C. Haile State Invitational Tournament on Saturday. The final outcome was not so rosy for the DeKalb Middle Lady Saints, however, as they were eliminated in their first round game.

The Saints hit the court first on Saturday at Middle TN Christian School in Murfreesboro, rallied from an early deficit and routed the Burks Middle School Panthers, 47-26. Cody Puckett led a balanced DMS attack with 12 points, as the Saints had to rally from a 10-6 deficit, midway through the second period. Using good defensive pressure, the Saints closed out the second on a 12-0 run, and led 18-10 at the half.

Lions edge Tigers on late-game three-pointer

January 16, 2009

Matthew Stluka scored 22 points and hit a three-pointer with ten seconds remaining in the fourth period, as the Cannon County Lions edged the DeKalb County Tigers, 70-69, in a District 7-AA border clash, Friday night, in Smithville.

An additional four seconds ran off the clock after a DeKalb County timeout upon Stluka's shot, but the clock was not reset. The Tigers got the ball with 6.5 seconds remaining, and Hunter Poteete fired a three-pointer which bounced off the rim as time expired.

The Lions hit a total of 14 three-pointers in the game, including six in the first period, as they opened up a 24-10 lead. The Tigers cut the Cannon advantage down to five in the last minute of the first half, but the Lions went to the locker room with a 35-28 lead. DeKalb County got as close as three points in the third period, but the Lions extended the lead again, opening up a 54-46 lead at the end of the quarter.

DeKalb West, Middle teams to play in James C. Haile State Tournament

January 14, 2009

The DeKalb West and DeKalb Middle basketball teams will open play in the James C. Haile State Invitational Tournament, this Saturday (January 17th). All games in the tournament will be played at Middle TN Christian School in Murfreesboro.

The Saints will take on the winner of Burks Middle School and Celina on Saturday morning, at 9:45 a.m., in the quarterfinal round of the boys' Large Division. The Saints have a bye in the first round, while Burks and Celina will play Thursday night at 6:30 p.m. Should the Saints win their game on Saturday, they would play in the semi-final round on Monday, at 11:00 a.m. The finals of the boys' Large Division will be played on Monday, January 26th, at 6:45 p.m.

The boys' Large Division bracket lines up as follows:

Thursday, January 15th
Game 1 - Burks Middle vs. Celina - 6:30 p.m.
Game 2 - Algood vs. Rickman - 7:45 p.m.

Saturday, January 17th
Game 3 - DeKalb Middle vs. Game 1 Winner - 9:45 a.m.

Macon County sweeps DCHS in Lafayette

January 13, 2009

The DeKalb County High School basketball teams dropped a district doubleheader in Lafayette, Tuesday night. The Lady Tigers lost the opener to the Macon County Tigerettes, 65-51, while the Tigers dropped a 69-53 decision to the Macon boys in the nightcap.

Cynthia Woodward scored 19 points to lead the Lady Tigers, who had a 10-8 lead, late in the first period, but trailed, 16-12, by the end of the first. DeKalb pulled to within two points to open the second period, and cut the Macon lead to a single point on two other occasions, but could draw no closer to the host, Tigerettes. Macon County carried a 28-23 lead into the locker room at halftime, and pushed the lead into double figures by the midway point of the third period.

Freshman post, Calamity Jane Coley scored 11 points in the third, as Macon opened up a 47-37 lead at the end of the period. Macon out-scored DeKalb, 18-14, in the fourth period to pull away for the district win.


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