Senior Robert Hubbs III served as Santa Claus by delivering a 35-point, eight-rebound performance that included four dunks as the fast and furious ones dominated the Missouri visitors 105-81 to reach triple digits for the second time this season.
"They (Caruthersville) have a really quick team and they like to take quick shots. We knew that and we didn't think that they could run with us for four quarters," said DC head coach Derek McCord.
"I thought we really started to get them tired late in the second quarter and they really looked fatigued in the third quarter. With that big lead, we pulled back on our press," said McCord. "We just played really well, and when we play like that we're going to be a tough game for people."
The Tigers entered the contest with high hopes of pulling off an upset thanks to the talented duo of Darrell Monroe and Steve Rodgers. The tandem didn't disappoint either, finishing the contest with 31 and 22 points, respectively.
Dyer County (11-1, 3-0) began the game on a 7-0 run and led 18-7 after a 3-pointer from LaMarcus Mosley with 3:43 left in the period. The Tigers answered with a run of their own though, scoring eight straight to stay close at 18-15. A drive in the final seconds by PJ Miller lifted DC in front 24-19 at the end of the quarter.
A steady dose of Hubbs and teammate DeAundre Gilton in the second quarter allowed the Choctaws to take a 50-36 lead at the half.
Though Hubbs led the way with 15 points, Malik Pugh was solid with 13 points and nine assists, Markeston Bostic added 11 points and Gilton had 10. Freshman Darrion Cliff just missed double digits with nine points and five rebounds.
For the first time in over three weeks, Jamaal Ahmad made a return to action for DC after suffering an ankle injury earlier in the season. The 6'3 senior forward finished with four points and three rebounds while playing 11 minutes.
Dyer County 92, Caruthersville 16
In the girls game, nobody could have predicted what an easy time the Lady Choctaws would have with the Lady Tigers. Evidence of how easy it was could be found at the end of the opening quarter, one Dyer County led 30-0.
At the half the lead had increased to 53-3, before a 3-point barrage by the Lady Choctaws in the third quarter upped the advantage to 77-7 with one quarter to play. With a running clock in both the third and fourth quarters, the up-and-coming Lady Choctaws thumped the Lady Tigers, 92-16.
"We know what it's like to struggle and we could see that Caruthersville was struggling," said McCord. "We could have scored as many as we wanted I thought, so we backed into a 2-3 zone and just wanted to take good shots."
The third-quarter 3-point shooting assault by Dyer County (9-3, 2-1) wasn't what it appeared and wasn't intended to run up the score. With a 50-point cushion at the half, McCord instructed the Lady Choctaws to not do anything inside, but instead simply pass the ball around and if a shot came open, take it.
And take it they did.
After just two 3-pointers in the first two quarters, the Lady Choctaws erupted in the third for 13 long-range bombs and nearly everyone on the team had an opportunity to make at least one.
Chelsea Spence led all scorers with 16 points that included four 3-pointers, Eeonna Jackson had 12, Courtney Maupin added 11 and Brooke Davis chipped in with 10 in a game where all but one member of the team got in the scoring column.
The respective DC squads will hit the road on Friday when they travel to meet Henry County at 6 p.m. In an earlier meeting between the two schools, Dyer County swept.