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Polk loses ‘Cat fight

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Size and speed were important factors in each of the games and three point shooting played an important part
There were a lot of similarities in Polk’s second meeting with the Meigs Tigers, the ‘Kittens gave up 53 points in the second outing versus 55 in the first, and the Boys gave up 85 as opposed to 89 in their two games. The Polk Boys scored 65 in each of their two games while the ladies nearly doubled their output, 28-15, but the bad part is that all four games resulted in a loss. Size and speed were important factors in each of the games and three point shooting played an important part also. Both Meigs teams won the rebound battle and a Tiger change in defensive strategy cut down on Polk’s trey outputs in the second games for each Polk team.

‘Kittens 28 – Lady Tigers 53
Polk scored the first bucket of the game when ‘Bella Liner drove the lane and put up a left hand shot at the 5:55 mark and gave Polk the early lead at 2-0. Meigs scored a three pointer on their next possession and Liner again hit a driving lay-up for Polk’s last lead of the game, 4-3. Polk would score four points again in the second quarter and went into the locker room at half time down 34-8. Polk actually outscored Meigs in the second half 20-19 but couldn’t overcome the huge first half deficit.
Makayla McClary had one of her best offensive outputs of the season as she scored all nine of her points during a four minute span in the fourth quarter, hitting three field goals and 3-4 free throws. Liner lead the ladies with 12 points and also grabbed 4 boards. Hannah Withrow lead the rebounders with nine and added 5 points and Heather McLain scored the other two Polk points. Felicia Johnson, Macie Waldroup, and Angel Davis played but didn’t score.
Wildcats 65 – Tigers 85
Meigs won the battle of the boards handily and outshot Polk 12-5 from the three point stripe enroute to their win on their home court. Polk cleared the bench during the game and all nine players got on the scoreboard. Polk was perfect from the charity stripe as they hit all six attempts.
Cody Groomes again lead the Wildcats in scoring with 21 points hitting 3 shots from the three point arc and 4-4 from the FT line. Gage Locke also hit the double figure scoring column with 14 points, most of them on driving penetrating efforts. Will Richmond hit the Wildcats’ other two treys and totaled 8 points followed by Devin Weber and Blake Cross with 6 points each. Bryce Coffey tallied 4 points and Nick Sipe, Chris Wimberley, and Colby Frerichs each scored two to complete Polk’s scoring.
Polk travels to McMinn Central on Tuesday for a District matchup with the Chargers and Chargerettes. Games will start at 6:00 PM.

Makayla McClary hits a base line jumper against the Lady Tigers. (Photo by Jim Caldwell)
Gage Locke soars among Meigs defenders to hit a short “J” (Photo by Jim Caldwell)

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