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Both Polk basketball teams split with North Carolina but lost to Georgia in last weeks’ “Battle of States” Tournament held at Hiawassee, Ga..
Both Polk basketball teams split with North Carolina but lost to Georgia in last weeks’ “Battle of States” Tournament held at Hiawassee, Ga.. Both of the teams beat Murphy, NC, ‘Kittens by 49-41 and ‘Cats by 47-43, before falling to Hayesville, NC and Gordon Lee, Ga.

Isabella Liner scored a three game total of 46 points in the three games to lead the Ladies and Cody Groomes paced the boys with a three game total of 53 points. Both Groomes and Liner were named to the All Tournament Teams.

‘Kittens 49 – Murphy, NC 41

The Ladies took a 21-19 lead into the locker room at halftime and then outscored the opponents 16-9 in the 3rd quarter enroute to the final score of 49-41. ‘Bella Liner hit three treys and was 7-9 at the free throw line to lead the ‘Kittens in scoring with 18 points. Liner also had 3 rebounds and 2 steals. Heather McLain and Hannah Withrow also tallied double figure scoring with 15 and 10 points respectively. Withrow  pulled down 9 boards and McLain had 8 to lead the Ladies in that category. Makayla McClary also had 8 rebounds and scored 4 points. Felecia Johnson scored Polk’s other 2 points and had 2 rebounds. Macie Waldroup played but didn’t score.

‘Cats 47 – Murphy 43

This game was tied at 40 each with 1:29 left in the 4th quarter with Polk outscoring the opponents 7-1 down the stretch for the victory. Cody Groomes showed the “hot hand” and scored all of Polk’s points on two treys and a free throw to lead the game winning surge. Groomes led the Polk scorers with a total of 25 points and added 5 rebounds. Will Richmond added 9 points and Gage Locke (5), Bryce Coffey (4), Devin Weber (2), and Chris Wimberley (2) completed the scoring.  Weber had 5 rebounds and Locke had 4 assists to add to their point output.

‘Kittens 34 – Hayesville 47

Heather McLain was the only Polk player with double digit scoring as she tallied 11 points in their loss.  McLain and Felicia Johnson each had 6 rebounds to lead the team in that department and Johnson added 5 points. ‘Bella Liner lead the team in assists with 6 and added 8 points, 6 coming on two treys. Hannah Withrow had 7 points and 5 rebounds and Makayla McClary scored the other 3 Polk points.

‘Cats 37 – Hayesville 51

Cody Groomes led the Wildcats in scoring with 16 points including three shots from beyond the 3 point line and was the only one with double digit scoring. The ‘Cats were on the wrong end of a 22-14 score at the end of the first half and couldn’t recover. They did win the scoring battle in the 4th quarter when they outscored H’ville 14-13. Locke (6), Nick Sipe (2), Bryce Coffey (2), Blake Cross (2), Will Richmond (1), and Colby Frerichs and Devin Weber with 4 each completed the Wildcat scoring.

‘Kittens 45 – Gordon Lee 51

The Polk Ladies had a 36-33 lead at the end of three quarters but couldn’t stave off a GL surge and lost by a six point margin, 45-51. ‘Bella Liner had her biggest scoring game of the tournament totaling 20 points which included three treys and 5-6 free throw attempts. Heather McLain and Makayla McClary also hit the double digit scoring plateau with 11 and 10 points respectively. Hannah Withrow didn’t score but banged the boards for 12 rebounds to lead in that category. Felicia Johnson scored Polk’s other 4 points and had 2 rebounds.

‘Cats 40 – Gordon Lee 51

A 10 point scoring difference in the second quarter was the biggest factor in the Wildcats loss to Gordon Lee in the BOS tournament They won the final quarter 15-13 but that wasn’t enough to overcome the 13 point deficit they faced at the end of three quarters. Cody Groomes with 12 points again lead in scoring for Polk followed closely by Devin Weber and Gage Locke with 10 each. Bryce Coffey had 4 points and he and Groomes had 5 rebounds each. Blake Cross and Will Richmond scored 4 points each and Richmond added 4 rebounds and 4 assists.

Polk travels to Meigs County Friday, Jan. 3rd for a contest with the Tigers. Game time is 6:00 for the Wildkittens and 7:30 for the Wildcats. There is also a Jayvee game starting at 4:30.

Photo: Bella Liner drives the lane for two in an earlier game. liner paced the Ladies with a tournament total of 46 points this past week. (Photo by Jim Caldwell)

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