DCHS boys top Demopolis, Lady Hornets lose

Published 11:25 pm Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Keyonis Phillips makes an acrobatic layup in Dallas County's 60-52 win over Demopolis on Tuesday.--Matt Cole

Keyonis Phillips makes an acrobatic layup in Dallas County’s 60-52 win over Demopolis on Tuesday.–Matt Cole

By Matt Cole

The Demopolis Times

Despite their best efforts, the Demopolis Tigers were unable to overcome an early deficit Tuesday night at home against Dallas County.

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The Hornets used an aggressive attack in the first quarter to jump out to a 20-6 lead, and they were able to withstand a couple of runs by Demopolis to hold on for a 60-52 win.

Dallas County assistant coach Cliff Nix said the Hornets got sloppy in the second half, allowing Demopolis to get back into the game.

“We were passing it and moving it around well in the first half, but we started slacking in the second half,” Nix said. “Demopolis picked up their intensity, and we stopped playing defense like we had in the first half.”

After an explosive first quarter, the Hornets were held to nine points in the second quarter, and Demopolis went on a run to close the half. The teams went into the locker room with the Hornets leading 29-14.

“We had to match their intensity,” Demopolis head coach Rodney Jackson said. “They were attacking the basket and playing aggressively, and we just didn’t match their intensity in the first half.”

In the third quarter, Demopolis forced the Hornets into some uncharacteristic errors, allowing the Tigers to cut the lead to 35-31 with three minutes to play in the quarter.

Dallas County closed the quarter on a 9-1 run to take a 44-32 lead into the fourth quarter.

Demopolis outscored the Hornets in the fourth, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the deficit.

Jerrod Moorer Jr. and Keyonis Phillips led the way for Dallas County with 17 points each. Also in double figures for the Hornets was Javaris McGuire, who ended the game with 10 points.

In the girls game that preceded the boys, Demopolis held Dallas County to single digits for a 57-8 win.

Demopolis jumped out to a 17-2 lead in the first quarter and took a 41-6 lead into halftime.

A running clock throughout the second half slowed the scoring for Demopolis, but the Lady Tigers were able to hold the Lady Hornets scoreless in the third quarter. After three, Demopolis led 51-6.