The DCHS Tigers and Lady Tigers hosted the DeKalb Christmas Classic just before the holiday, and the ladies came out of the fracas with the tournament championship.
In the Lady Tigers first matchup on Dec. 21 the ladies passed out a 63-27 whoopin’ to Boyd Christian of McMinnville. DeKalb jumped out to a 15-5 lead by the end of the first period and continued to pull away from the Lady Broncos.
The second period saw The Lady Tigers outscore Boyd 22-8. DCHS took a 37-13 lead into half time.
The Lady Broncos only managed five points in the third, while allowing DeKalb to post 19. The Lady Tiger lead increased to 56-18 at the beginning of the fourth.
Boyd squeezed out nine points in the final period, two more than DCHS, but not enough to change the outcome of the 63-27 game.
Jailyn Bolding led the DeKalb offense with 14 points, going 3-for-4 from the foul line and sinking one three-pointer. Maddison Parsley put 12 points on the board on four three-pointers.
Morgan Pedigo scored nine points, all from three pointers. Ashli Chew put in seven points and went 3-for-3 from the line, and Hanah Panter scored six points with two three point shots.
Macy Hedge and Lydia Brown added five each for DeKalb, Joni Robinson put in a three-pointer, and Abby Evans scored two.
Later that day, DeKalb faced Siegel High School from Murfreesboro, and the Stars gave the Lady Tigers quite a fit in a 45-43 DCHS win.
DeKalb came out on top at the end of a first period battle by one point, and began the second with a narrow 13-12 lead. Outpacing Siegel 9-6 in the second gave the Lady Tigers a little more cushion, and a 22-18 lead at the half.
Things began to look up for DeKalb in the third. Scoring 11 unanswered points, the ladies extended their lead to 39-24 going into the fourth.
The Stars almost ripped the game open in the fourth, however, scoring 19 points and holding DeKalb to six. A three-pointer by Macy Hedge in the final seconds of the game put the Lady Tigers ahead by two and settled the fight.
Chew lead the way on offense with 19 points, going 6-for-9 from the line. Bolding scored 10 and went 4-for-6.
Pedigo put in six points for DCHS, all on three-point shots. Hedge scored five and went 2-for-2.
Robinson hit a three-pointer, and Parsley added two points.
After a good night’s rest, DeKalb came back to the DCHS gym on Dec. 22 and immediately handed the Monterey Lady Wildcats a 56-35 beating.
The Lady Tigers came out of the first period with a six-point lead, 14 points and holding Monterey to eight. DeKalb extended the margin to 34-10 at the half after a 20-2 second period.
Outscoring the Lady wildcats 18-10 in the third, DCHS took a 52-20 lead into the fourth.
MHS pulled back within 20 points of DeKalb in the final period, scoring 15. DeKalb added four more points and another game in the win column.
Jailyn Bolding was good for 18 points in the game, going 2-for-2. Chew put in 10 points and went 3-for-6.
Panter scored 10 points and dropped two three-point shots. Robinson put eight points on the books, hitting two three-pointers as well.
Hedge put in six points for DCHS, and Parsley and Sophie Cripps added two each.
Red Boiling Springs proved to be a tougher opponent that afternoon, but the Lady Tigers squeaked by with a 50-47 win.
A 15-9 first period went DeKalb’s way, and a 12-11 second gave DCHS a 27-20 half-time lead. RBS put 14 on the board in the third and held the Lady Tigers to 10, narrowing their lead to three points, 37-34, at the beginning of the fourth.
The three-point lead stood after a 13-13 battle in the final period, DeKalb recorded another win.
Bolding scored 15 points for DeKalb, Chew put in 11, and Panter added eight.
Pedigo put seven on the board, Robinson scored six, and Hedge helped out with three.
The ladies rolled in on Dec. 23 undefeated in the tourney to face Monterey, who had worked their way out of the loser’s bracket, again.
The Lady Wildcats had no better luck in the rematch, taking a 63-36 drumming from DeKalb. The Lady Tigers blasted Monterey in a 22-5 first period, and maintained a 33-14 lead at the half.
The end of the third saw DeKalb holding a 45-28 lead. An 18-8 fourth put DCHS holding a 27-point lead at the final buzzer.
Chew amassed 24 points in the game, while Pedigo scored 23 for DeKalb. Robinson put in six, Panter and Brown hit three points each, and Bolding and Hedge added two each.
The Lady Tigers retuned that afternoon to face Red Boiling Springs, who had also clawed their way back from the earlier defeat, for the championship.
DeKalb was ready for the Lady Bulldogs this time, slipping past RBS with a more comfortable 56-43 win. DCHS outpaced Red Boiling Springs 18-9 in the first, and a 22-8 second gave The Lady Tigers a 40-17 lead at half time.
DCHS enjoyed a 48-25 lead at the end of the third, and while an 18-point fourth period for the Lady Bulldogs was matched with only eight DeKalb points, the deal was already sealed, and the Lady Tigers took the championship.
Meanwhile, The Tigers opened the tourney on Dec. 21 with a 70-68 loss in a nail-biting triple-overtime battle with Watertown.
A tight 16-14 first period came out in DeKalb’s favor, but the Purple Tigers outscored DCHS 19-14 in the second, taking a 33-30 lead at the half. Watertown’s meager lead stood at 41-39 at the end of the third.
DeKalb made up the two-point deficit in the fourth, and the scoreboard red 47-47 at the end of regulation play, forcing the game into overtime.
In the first overtime period both teams scored eight points, bringing the score to 56-all. A dual seven-point fight followed in the second overtime period brought the tally to 62-up, and brought on yet another period of play.
The Purple Tigers managed two more points than DeKalb in the final overtime segment, and Watertown edged by 70-68.
Marshal Evins led the DeKalb offense with 27 points, sinking seven three-pointers in the game. Gentry Harpole scored 15 points for the Tigers, and Austin Johnson put in 12.
Noah Parsley, Tanner Poss and Trey Jones placed four points each, and Colter Norris added two.
Later that day DeKalb met Boyd Christian, sliding by with a 59-52 win.
Boyd held a two-point lead at the end of a 17-15 first period, and a 12-10 second in DeKalb’s favor brought about a 27-27 tie at the half, as well as flashbacks from the previous game.
The Broncos outscored the Tigers 16-11 in the third, taking a 43-38 lead going into the fourth. DeKalb finally came alive in the fourth, scoring 21 points and allowing Boyd only nine. DeKalb enjoyed a seven point lead at the buzzer, and no overtime nightmare was necessary.
Continuing the suspense, the Tigers took Monterey down in a three-point contest on the morning of Dec. 22. The final score after another bite-and-scratch game was 55-52.
The Tigers allowed The Wildcats to edge them out 11-10 in the first, and 10-6 in the second. Monterey led 26-21 at the half.
DeKalb bounced back after half time, outpacing the Wildcats 15-7 and taking a 41-28 lead into the final period. Monterey fought back in the fourth, outscoring DeKalb 24-14, but the tigers held on to the lead, winning the game and setting themselves up to play Red Boiling Springs that afternoon.
Evins led the Tiger offense with 20 points, sinking four three-pointers and going 4-for-6. Poss scored 15 for DeKalb, Harpole put in 12, and Johnson added eight.
The Tigers continued to climb out of the hole with a 28-18 win against the Bulldogs.
DeKalb held a 10-7 lead at the end of the first, and the score was 12-9 DeKalb when the half-time buzzer sounded. A 7-7 third period gave the Tigers a 19-16 lead at the beginning of the fourth.
Scoring nine and allowing the Bulldogs only two, the Tigers blasted back to win the game by three points.
Evins again led the way for the Tigers, scoring 12 points and hitting three three-point shots. Poss put eight points in, and Harpole scored four. Johnson hit a three-pointer, and Parsley added a point.
It was the Tigers who had fought their way out of the loser’s bracket on Dec. 23, and they again faced the Monterey Wildcats, who had done the same. The Tigers were eliminated from the tournament with a 47-40 defeat in the rematch.
While DeKalb came out strong in the first, outpacing the Wildcats 14-4, and carrying a 31-25 lead into the half, things began to slip in the second half. The lead had slipped away by the end of the third, and the Tigers trailed 38-36 when the final period began.
Monterey upped their lead to seven points by the end of the game, and DeKalb’s time in the tourney came to an end.
The Tigers and Lady Tigers resumed season play last night, traveling to face Boyd Christian in McMinnville at 6 p.m.