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Tigers win two, drop one

Aaron Patterson with the ball as Coach Martin looks on.

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The DeKalb County High School Tigers were in action last week, taking on district opponents of Central Magnet and Cannon County, and also traveling east to face the Chattanooga Patriots.
On Dec. 10, the Tigers traveled to Murfreesboro to take on Central Magnet. The game would stay close through three periods, then one team turned up the heat in the fourth.
The Tigers came away with 10 points in the first period, with the TSSAA’s current top scoring player, Ethan Roller, getting two three-pointers. Kaleb Ferrell and Justin Bone each had a two-point shot. Central Magnet had 12 points however, taking the lead into the second.
DeKalb scored 12 in the second period, with Aaron Patterson getting a three and two-point shot, while Roller, Ferrell, and Bone each had a two-pointer. Central only had nine points, giving the Tigers a one-point lead into the half, 22-21.
The third period saw some big action by both sides. The Tigers scored 18 points, with Austin Frazier and Patterson each getting a two and three-point shot, while Roller and Bone each had two two-pointers. CM scored 22 points and regained a narrow lead, 43-40.
The Tigers scored 16 points in the fourth period. Roller had a three and two two-point shots, while Aaron Haggard had a three-pointer. Frazier and Bone each had a two-point shot. The Tigers held Central to only five points in the period, all coming from free throws. DeKalb took the district win, 56-48.
Steven Jennings went three for four on free throws during the game.
On Dec. 13, the Tigers were at home, where they faced some stiff competition from district border rival Cannon County. Whether it was facing the fast-paced Cannon Lions, or the fact that the games had been scheduled for Friday the 13th, the match proved to be unlucky for DeKalb.
The Tigers also had heavy hearts after Head Coach Linus Martin’s parent’s home burned to the ground earlier in the week in Smithville. The team and cheerleaders helped raise money during the game to help the Putty family during their time of need.
The Tigers fell behind early in the first period, scoring only nine points to Cannon’s 16. Roller came away with two three-pointers, while Patterson had a two-pointer.
Ferrell and Bone would each get a two-pointer in the second period, with the rest of DeKalb’s nine points coming from free throws. Cannon scored 23, increasing their lead to 39-18 at the half.
The Tigers had 11 points in the third period, with Roller getting a two and three-pointer, while Frazier and Patterson each had a two-pointer. The Lions scored 17 points and took their 56-29 lead into the fourth.
DeKalb put up 20 points in the fourth period, with Roller getting three two-pointers and a three-point shot, while Patterson had a three-pointer. Frazier, Bone, and Noah Parsley each had a two-point shot. But it was not enough. Cannon scored 17 points, giving them a 73-49 victory.
Bone was four for four on free throws, while Roller was three for four. Jennings was two for two, Ferrell one for two, and Haggard zero for two.
On Dec. 14, the Tigers traveled to East Tennessee to take on the Chattanooga Patriots. There, the team made a statement, coming away with an impressive win.
The Tigers took the lead in the first period, getting 12 points to the Patriots’ eight. Roller had two three-pointers, while Ferrell had three two-pointers.
DeKalb continued their dominance in the second period, scoring 19 points. Roller had two more three-pointers, with Patterson getting a two and a three-pointer. Frazier, Bone, and Jennings each had a two-point shot. The Tiger held the Patriots to only eight points in the second, taking a 31-16 lead at the half.
The Tigers were on fire the third period, getting 33 points. Roller added to his tally with four three-pointers, while bone had six two-point shots. Patterson had a three-pointer and Jennings a two-point hoop. DeKalb held Chattanooga to only four points, and increased their lead, 64-20.
DeKalb only scored four points in the fourth period, but that was more than enough. Jennings and Gentry Harpole each had a two-pointer. The Patriots came away with six points, giving DeKalb a 68-26 win.
Jennings went two for two on free throws in the game.


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