Polk County comes up short in Meigs County
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DECATUR — Two weeks after both Polk County basketball squads were handed losses by former District 5-AA opponent Meigs County at home, they found themselves seeing similar results when they traveled to Decatur Friday evening.

On Dec. 19, the Wildcats (3-13) saw the Tigers (15-3) run away with an 89-65 victory in Benton. Friday night, Meigs once again was victorious over Polk, this time taking the game 85-65.

The Wildkittens suffered a same feat, falling 55-15 in the first meeting and 53-28 in the latest battle.

Having dropped to Class A beginning this season, the Meigs County squads will both probably be ranked when the first Associated Press polls come out this week as the Lady Tigers are 17-2 so far this season, while the Tigers sport a 15-3 mark.

Returning to District 5-AA play, Polk County on Tuesday when the squads travel to McMinn Central to face the Chargers (12-3, 3-0) and the Chargerettes (8-6, 2-1).

The Wildcats got off to a rough start, with the Tigers jumping out ahead 22-9 by the end of the first quarter.

Polk was able to add 15 more points to the board by the half but still trailed Meigs by 19 points.

After the half, the Wildcats were able to outscore the Tigers 22-19 in the third quarter.

Meigs went on to score 23 more points in the fourth, solidifying their 20-point victory, while Polk finished with another 19 points put up on the board.

The Wildcats’ scoring was led by Cody Groomes, who finished the game with 21 points.

Groomes hit three treys and went 4-4 at the charity stripe.

Gage Locke came up with 14 points for Polk County, hitting seven field goals in the game.

The Wildcats were 100 percent from the free-throw line, hitting 6-of-6 shots.

LADY TIGERS 53

WILDKITTENS 28

This go-around, Polk County was able to get 13 more points on the board in their Friday evening loss to Meigs County.

The first half of the game was costly for the Wildkittens, who scored four points in back-to-back quarters.

While Polk struggled to get points on the board in the first half, Meigs was able to score 15 points in the first quarter and 19 more points in the second quarter.

Going into the second half trailing 34-8, the Wildkittens were able to double their score in the third quarter.

The Lady Tigers were only able to add four more points to their total in the final quarter, while Polk netted 12 more points, decreasing their deficit to 25 points.

Isabella Liner led the Wildkittens with 12 points and four rebounds.

In the game, Polk County had 19 rebounds and 24 turnovers and was 10-for-19 at the free-throw line.

GAME SUMMARIES

Girls

Polk County 4 4 8 12 — 28

Meigs County 15 19 15 4 — 53

WILDKITTENS (28) — Isabella Liner 12, McClary 9, Withrow 5, McLain 2, Davis, Johnson, Waldroup.

LADY TIGERS (53) — Taylor Boggess 17, Emleigh Swafford 15, Alex Dawson 10, Kilpatrick 5, Davis 5, Crowder 1.

Records: Polk County 8-8; Meigs County 17-2.

Boys

Polk County 9 15 22 19 — 65

Meigs County 22 21 19 23 — 85

WILDCATS (65) — Cody Groomes 21, Gage Locke 14, Richmond 8, Weber 6, Cross 6, Coffey 4, Wimberley 2, Frerichs 2, Sipe 2.

TIGERS (85) — Bryson Baker 20, Zy Moore 19, Levi Woods 19, Harris 8, Meadows 6, Letner 4, Oliver 3, Malone 3, Smith 3.

3-point goals: Polk 5 (Groomes 3, Richmond 2); Meigs 13 (Moore 3, Baker 3, Woods 2, Harris 2, Oliver, Malone, Smith).

Records: Polk County 3-13; Meigs County 15-3.