DECATUR — Meigs County swept Kingston in a district matchup at home on Tuesday.

The Lady Tigers broke open a close game in the fourth quarter to earn a 66-57 victory while the boys stung the Yellow Jackets 58-44.

Lady Tigers Coach Derika Jenkins said it was a good win in which everyone contributed.

“We didn’t come out with the energy, I thought, that we needed,” Jenkins said. “But as the game went along I think we settled down and played better. Mattie Moore had a really good game for us but everyone did their part to help us win. It was a good team win and that’s what I like.”

After a couple of what he thought were some lackluster games around the holidays, Tigers Coach Sammy Perkinson was much happier with his team’s performance on Tuesday.

“It was a good win for us,” Perkinson said. “I think we played our best game in the last couple of weeks. We passed the ball, we moved, we did a good job of rebounding and we made our shots. I thought we did a good job on (Colby) Raymer. Holding him to 28 is pretty good, he’s a really good player. You want to win your home games in the district and we were able to do that.”

The Tigers (9-6, 3-0) and Lady Tigers (8-7, 3-0) will travel to district rival McMinn Central on Friday with the girls tipping off at 6 p.m. and the boys following around 7:30 p.m.

In a schedule change, the postponed Sweetwater game will now be played on Wednesday, Jan. 19 with the games at 5 and 6:30 p.m.

Lady Tigers 66, Lady Yellow Jackets 57: Kingston had a 16-15 lead near the end of the opening quarter, but Talley Lawson made a layup at the buzzer to put the Lady Tigers ahead 17-16 going to the second period.

Moore started Meigs’ second quarter scoring with a trey and then came buckets by Julia Howard and Moore and then another three pointer by Moore. That put Meigs ahead 27-21 with five minutes left in the quarter.

The Lady Tigers outscored Kingston 12-8 for the rest of the quarter with Moore draining another trey and Cayden Hennessee, Lawson and Lila Brown all scoring for Meigs.

The Lady Tigers led 39-29 at the half.

Kingston rallied in the third quarter after falling behind 45-33 after Moore’s fourth three pointer of the night.

Kingston responded with a pair of threes and later trailed only 48-46 going to the fourth quarter.

The Lady Tigers’ defense, however, took over and held Kingston scoreless until 1:21 left in the game at which point Meigs had opened up a 57-48 lead.

The Lady Yellow Jackets later made it 62-57, but there were only seven seconds left by then and Meigs hit its free throws down the stretch to earn the 66-57 win.

Moore led the Lady Tigers with 18 points and Lawson finished with 14 points. Also finishing in double figures was Howard with 10 points.

Tigers 73, Yellow Jackets 55: Kingston started strong and led 12-3 early, but buckets and free throws by Ethan Meadows, Cole Owens and Matthew Boshears made it a two point game with Kingston up 12-10.

After a three pointer by the Yellow Jackets, back-to-back three-point plays by Jackson Shaver and Payton Armour gave Meigs its first lead at 16-15. Two free throws by Armour, a bucket by Boshears and a field goal by Armour gave Meigs a 22-15 lead going to the second quarter.

Meigs later was ahead 31-24 and buckets by Levi Caldwell, Boshears and Meadows gave Meigs a 37-26 halftime lead.

The Tigers continued to maintain a solid lead with Owens hitting a pair of third-quarter threes along with scoring from Boshears, Meadows, Shaver and Da’Quawn Tatum. Meigs led 58-44 going to the fourth.

Kingston got the deficit down to 62-50, but never got any closer than that as Meigs cruised to a 73-55 win.

Armour led the Tigers with 18 points and Meadows finished with 16. Boshears chipped in with 10.

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