MADISONVILLE — It wasn’t the night Polk County was looking for as the Wildcats and ’Kittens traveled to Sequoyah to kick off District 5-AA basketball action Friday evening.
The road to defending their district crown saw some pot holes Friday night as Polk’s Wildcats were unable to overcome single digit scoring in the first and fourth quarters on the way to a 66-46 defeat.
Polk’s Wildkittens faced a first half slump that they nearly overcame late in the game, but the hole proved too deep and as the buzzer sounded they fell 55-41 to their Sequoyah counterparts.
Derrick Weber led the Wildcats with 16 points, nine rebounds and four blocks.
Evan Ball netted 13 points and five assists.
Devin Weber put up nine points and pulled down seven rebounds for the ’Cats.
Chandler Hutcheson had five points, while Cody Groomes contributed a pair and Gage Locke hit a free throw.
On the girls’ side of the ball, Emily Wilson led Wildkitten scoring with 17 points, seven rebounds and a pair of steals.
Riley Hatcher contributed nine points. Makayla McClary netted four. Maeson Stewart had a pair, Rachel Epperson put four on the scoreboard, Rosa Haynes had two and Hannah Withrow rounded out scoring with three points.
Both squads will look to get back on track Friday as they host another district opponent in Meigs County.