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Lady Tigers' season ends in Play-In game

February 14, 2008

The Macon County Tigerettes ended the DeKalb County Lady Tigers' basketball season, Thursday night in Lafayette, with a 54-32 defeat of the local girls team in the play-in game of the District 7-AA Tournament.

Macon County scored the game's first five points, as the Lady Tigers never led in the game. By the end of the first period, the Tigerettes held a 10-2 advantage. The Macon lead grew to 23-11 at the half, and to 38-24 by the end of the third period. The Macon County victory sent the Tigerettes on to Tennessee Tech to play third-seeded, Livingston Academy, Friday afternoon at 4:00 p.m.

Cyntha Woodward scored 13 points to lead the Lady Tigers, followed by Katie Herman with eight. Kristina Stephens tallied five points, while Victoria Bennett, Morgan Page and Lauren Hansard each scored two points. Seniors, Herman and Hansard, played in their final games as Lady Tiger basketball players.

The Lady Tigers end the season with a final record of 5-21.

DeKalb opens District Tournament play Thursday & Friday

February 11, 2008

The DeKalb County High School basketball teams will open District Tournament play, later this week. The Lady Tigers, seeded seventh in the girls' bracket, will travel to Lafayette to play sixth-seeded Macon County in the tournament's play-in game, Thursday at 6:00 p.m. The winner of that game will advance on to the tournament at Tennessee Tech, which starts Friday. Awaiting the winner of the play-in game will be third-seeded Livingston Academy, who will take on either DeKalb or Macon County, Friday at 4:00 p.m.

The Tigers, meanwhile, will open tournament play, Friday, at 8:30 p.m. at Tech against fifth-seeded York Institute. DeKalb County is the number four seed in the boys' bracket. The winner of that game will clinch a berth in next week's Region 4-AA Tournament, and will match up with top-seeded Livingston Academy in the next round, which will be played Saturday night at 8:30 p.m.

Six DCHS players earn All-District honors

February 11, 2008

Six DeKalb County High School basketball players earned All-District honors, Monday, at the annual District 7-AA coaches' meeting in Cookeville.

Tiger senior, Travis Woodward, was named to the boys' All-District First Team, and was also named to the All-Defensive Team. Woodward finished fifth in the voting for Most Valuable Player, which went to Livingston Academy junior, Chase Dunn, for the second year in a row.

Meanwhile, sophomore, Payne Denman, was named to the All-District Second Team, while senior, Zack Rowland, earned a Third Team nomination. Senior, John Malone, rouned out the Tiger award winners as he was named among the Honorable Mentions.

On the girls' side, Lady Tiger senior, Katie Herman, and sophomore, Cynthia Woodward, were chosen among the Honorable Mentions. Upperman's LaShay Davis, last year's runner-up for MVP, was selected for the top honor, this season.

DeKalb spoils Warren County's Senior Night

February 9, 2008

The DeKalb County High School basketball teams played spoiler for Warren County's Senior Night, Saturday night in McMinnville. The Lady Tigers snapped a 12-game losing streak and beat Warren County for the first time since January, 2000, with a 49-45 win in the girls' contest. The Tigers, meanwhile, beat the Pioneers for the fourth straight time, rallying from an early five-point deficit for a 55-44 victory.

The Lady Tigers fell behind 7-0 within the game's first two minutes, and never led in the first half. Warren County owned a 7-6 edge after a sloppy first period, and carried a 21-19 advantage into the locker room at halftime. Kristina Stephens scored four straight points to open the second half, which gave DeKalb County their first lead of the night. The Lady Tigers extended the margin to seven points, late in the third, but the Lady Pioneers came back to within two, at 30-28, by the end of the period.

DCHS splits district finales

February 8, 2008

The DeKalb County High School basketball teams split their reguar season district finales, Friday night, at Smith County. The Lady Tigers suffered a 65-34 setback at the hands of the Owlettes, while the Tigers escaped Carthage with a 56-52 win in the nightcap.

The Lady Tigers led only once in the girls' contest, as they grabbed a 1-0 lead on Kristina Stephens' free throw to open the game. By the end of the opening period, Smith County had a 14-7 lead, and the Owlettes upped the advantage to 28-11 by halftime, led by 6-foot-8 sophomore post, Kayci Ferriss, who had 21 points at the break.

Ferriss went to the bench with foul trouble in the third period, but DeKalb County could not take advantage. The Owlettes pushed the lead to 20, with two and a half minutes to go in the third, and led 46-26 at the end of the period. The Lady Tigers drew no closer than 16 points in the fourth, as the Owlettes pulled away for the big Senior Night win.

Tigers trip York Institute on Senior Night

February 6, 2008

The DeKalb County High School basketball teams split a doubleheader with York Institute, Tuesday night in Smithville, in the final home games for the local teams in the regular season. The Lady Tigers lost the opener, 62-44, while the Tigers won the nightcap, 63-56.

The Lady Tigers trailed 15-6 at the end of the opening period, and 33-16 at the half. York extended the lead to 22 points, at 51-29, through three periods, and won the game despite DeKalb County taking a 15-11 advantage in the fourth period.

In the boys' game, the Dragons roared out to a 14-9 lead at the end of the opening period, but the Tigers came back for a 27-25 edge at halftime. DeKalb outscored York, 20-19, in the third, and led, 47-44, at the end of the period. The Tigers claimed a 16-12 advantage in the fourth, and rolled on to the seven-point win.

Payne Denman hit four three-pointers and paced the Tigers with 16 points. Hunter Stewart added 12, while Travis Woodward tallied 10.

DeKalb splits with border rival, Cannon County

February 1, 2008

The DeKalb County High School basketball teams split a district doubleheader with Cannon County, Friday night in Smithville. The Lady Tigers rallied from an early 12-point deficit and pulled to within a single point of the Lionettes in the second period, but the Cannon girls pulled away late for a 58-46 win. In the nightcap, the Tigers found themselves in an early five-point hole, but the local team took command of the game and rolled on to a 57-38 win.

Cannon County scored the first seven points of the girls game, and rolled up a 19-7 advantage late in the first period. The Lady Tigers scored the last five points of the period, and trailed 19-12 by the end of the first. A 9-2 Lady Tiger run pulled DeKalb to within a point, with 3:50 left in the half, but the Lionettes closed out the period with a 10-2 run, and claimed a 32-23 halftime edge.

DCHS drops district duels at Macon Co.

January 30, 2008

The DeKalb County High School basketball team lost a pair of games in Lafayette to the Macon County Tigers and Tigerettes, Tuesday night. The Lady Tigers dropped a 58-40 decision, while the Tigers were defeated, 63-59, in a tight district battle.

The Lady Tigers jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the girls' contest, but Macon County swished four first period three-pointers, and led 14-8 by the end of the period. The Tigerettes added three more long-range shots in the second, and out-scored DeKalb, 18-4, to take a commanding 32-12 halftime lead.

Macon County continued to extend the advantage in the third period, as they pushed the lead to 45-18 by out-scoring the Lady Tigers, 13-6. DeKalb County took a 22-13 edge in the fourth period, but it wasn't enough to overcome the large deficit.

DMS one and done at Haile State Tournament

January 26, 2008

The DeKalb Middle School basketball teams had their seasons ended in the first round of the James C. Haile State Invitational Tournament, Saturday in Murfreesboro.

The Saints lost a heartbreaker to Westwood Middle of School of Manchester, 26-25, in the opening round of the Class AA boys' bracket, early on Saturday, while the Lady Saints dropped a 33-17 decision to South Fentress, Saturday afternoon.

The DMS boys fell behind 13-0 in the first period of their game with Westwood, but managed to battle back. The Rockets held a 13-2 advantage at the end of the first, but the Saints trimmed the lead to nine, at 17-8, at halftime.

The Saints continued to chip away at the Westwood lead in the third, and had the margin narrowed to 21-18 in the closing seconds. A foul from three-point range at the buzzer, however, put Westwood's Jared Davis at the free throw line, where he made all three attempts, and gave the Rockets a 24-18 lead at the end of the period.

DCHS over-powered at Livingston Academy

January 25, 2008

The DeKalb County High School basketball teams dropped a district doubleheader Friday night in Livingston. The Lady Tigers lost to the Livingston Academy Lady Wildcats, the ninth ranked team in the state in Class AA, 57-26, while the Tigers were dealt an 82-69 setback in the nightcap to the host Wildcats, who were ranked just outside the top ten in this past week's poll.

Livingston got off to a slow start in the girls' game, but after a mid-first period timeout, the Lady 'Cats turned up the heat. Livingston held the Lady Tigers to just one point in the opening period, as the hosts opened up an 18-1 lead. By the time Cynthia Woodward made DeKalb's first field goal, with just over four minutes to go in the first half, Livingston Academy had already built a 24-3 lead. The Lady Wildcats led 27-7 at the half, and 44-14 at the end of three periods.


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