by Kris Freeman for White House High School
SMITHVILLE – A 15-2 run while down three by host DeKalb County to start the fourth quarter Tuesday night provided the spark for a 51-48 victory at home over White House.
White House took a 33-30 lead inside the final minute of the third quarter on a corner ball from sophomore Jimmy Allen, but then with the ball under 30 seconds, missed a three. The result tied the game on the other end of the floor, and the Tigers carried the momentum into the fourth.
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Soon, it was.45-35 DeKalb County and White House had to foul and play catch up in the final three minutes. Senior Nathan Bowman hit a three at the buzzer to close the gap to three as the clock ran out.
The game was full of scoring runs, as the Tigers took the early lead and then White House tied it at 14. Both teams had back-to-back 11-0 runs to tie it at 25. DeKalb County had three-point barrages led by Luke Jenkins in the first and fourth quarter.
White House trailed 14-9 at the end of the first quarter when senior Ethan Droz launched a 70-footer that connected for three to make it 14-12.
For the Blue Devils, sophomore Zane Brown led the team with 12 points, lighting it up from long range in the second and third quarter. Droz added 10, junior Amarion Lucas had 10, and Bowman nine. Allen had three, and sophomores Caleb Dorris and Rhys Blackburn two each.
White House, playing with a brand new starting five on the floor after losing seven seniors to graduation, will return home for the first game in White House on Thursday. Stewart County arrives for a 7:30 p.m. tip off after the girls game.
Photos by Jennifer Freeman