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Demopolis teams split with Wilcox-Central

The Demopolis High Lady Tigers (17-6) shredded Wilcox-Central 64-32 Tuesday night wrapping up their regular season area schedule.

Demopolis held the visiting Lady Jaguars to single digit point outputs in three of the game’s four quarters. The Lady Tigers led 34-13 at halftime before hanging 24 points in the third quarter and sitting their starters in the fourth.

Megan Smith led Demopolis with 17 points on the night. Damekeia Marshall added 13 points while Jonniece Collins had 11. Martina Smith contributed nine. Catrina Benison had seven points and Tee Perkins finished with six. Alexis Jones and Breanna Jones also scored in the game.

The Demopolis varsity team (6-15) followed with an 83-74 loss to Wilcox-Central’s varsity team.

The Tigers trailed 35-26 at halftime after missing six free throws over the game’s first two quarters. The Tigers had managed to cut their deficit to 29-26 in the second quarter before the Jaguars put together a 6-0 run to close out the half.

Demopolis came out on a furious pace in the third quarter, hanging 31 points in the frame while holding Wilcox to just 16.

The Tigers took their first lead of the night when Mike Scott drained a three to put Demopolis up 37-36 with 5:11 to go in the third quarter. Wilcox took the lead back at the 3:56 mark with a layup and a bonus free throw.

Undaunted, Demopolis took the lead right back when Scott dished off to Cortez Lewis, who drained a three-pointer to put Demopolis up with 3:41 to go in the frame.

Demopolis added to the lead, carrying a 57-51 advantage into the fourth quarter. Wilcox-Central responded with its own run in the fourth, outpacing Demopolis 32-17 to seal the win.

The game was decided largely on the free throw line, where Wilcox-Central went 25-for-32 on the night. Demopolis countered by hitting 12 of their 20 free throw attempts.

The teams observed Senior Night festivities in between the varsity games. The school honored 13 players between DHS girls and boys varsity teams. The Demopolis Middle School basketball teams were recognized during halftime of the Lady Tigers contest.

Demopolis hosts its final home game Monday night against Greensboro. The teams wrap up the regular season on the road Saturday, Feb. 4 against Linden.