DHS boys defeat Selma, girls stumble in overtime

Published 10:27 pm Tuesday, January 8, 2013

The Demopolis Tigers hosted the Selma Saints on Tuesday night, and the boys secured their first victory over Selma since moving into the same area in 2006.

Roderick Davis led the Tigers with 19 points, and Demopolis had four other players in double figures as well in the 67-55 victory.

Demopolis led the game from start to finish, and head coach Rodney Jackson thought it was his team’s most complete game so far this season.

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“For the most part, we executed to the T,” Jackson said. “All except for No. 32 toward the end of the game when he hit a few shots. This is a huge win for us. We are still in the hunt for winning area.”

The Tigers held just a two-point advantage over the Saints after the first quarter at 10-8. In the second quarter, though, Demopolis got into a rhythm offensively and took a 27-20 advantage into the locker room at halftime.

In the second half, Selma was able to cut into the lead on a couple different occasions and bring the game within striking distance, but Demopolis would ratchet up the pressure defensively and continue to make shots to widen the lead again.

Demopolis had their best offensive quarter in the fourth, scoring 25 points in the frame to seal the win.

Cortez Lewis had 12 points and eight rebounds for the Tigers while Kiante’ Jefferies finished the game with 12 points and six rebounds. Also in double figures were Tommy Wilson and Demetrius Kemp with 10 points each. Rashad Lynch and Tyler Perkins both finished with 2 points.

The win moves Demopolis to 8-8 overall and 1-1 in area play.

In the girls game, Demopolis fought to stay in the game, despite poor shooting after the first quarter. The Lady Tigers forced overtime, but lost on a last-second layup by the Saints, 40-39.

Demopolis jumped out to an early lead and had a 13-4 lead after the first quarter. The second quarter was the beginning of the poor shooting for the Lady Tigers and only led 16-13 at the half.

Selma was able to tie the game by the end of the third quarter and take a lead in the fourth, but Demopolis fought back to put the game into overtime.

Jonniece Collins gave Demopolis a one-point lead by making two free throws with under a minute to play, but Selma made a bucket to get the lead back. A shooting foul with six seconds to play put Collins back on the charity stripe, trailing by one. She was able to make one of the two shots, which was enough to force overtime.

In the extra frame, Demopolis still struggled to find the basket, but held a three point lead with under 30 seconds to play. Selma hit a game-tying three pointer with 14 seconds to play.

On the ensuing possession for Demopolis, Collins went back to the free throw line, and made one of two attempts. With one second on the clock, Selma, down by one, inbounded the ball on their side of the court and got the ball in the paint for the game-winning layup. The Saints pulled off the victory 40-39.

Head coach Tony Pittman was not pleased with his team’s performance, which included making no field goals in the fourth quarter and overtime. All of the Lady Tiger’s points came from the free throw line in both the fourth quarter and overtime.

“We wouldn’t get into our sets offensively,” he said, “and we got away from our gameplan. When you get away from your gameplan, that’s what you get. We will find out more about this team on Friday when we go to Greenville.”

Caleb Washington led Demopolis with 10 points, followed by Collins with 9. Ebony Moore had 6 points, Martina Smith had 5, Alexis Jones had 4, Sha’Deitra White had 3 and Ivory Moore had 2 points.

The loss drops the Lady Tigers to 10-3 and 0-2 in area play.

The Tigers will travel to Greenville on Friday for a battle of the Tigers.