Behind the explosive play from senior Josh Laughlin and sophomore Luke Burrows, Polk County finished the first half of the prep basketball season with an 8-6 record.The Wildcats fared well at the …
Behind the explosive play from senior Josh Laughlin and sophomore Luke Burrows, Polk County finished the first half of the prep basketball season with an 8-6 record.
The Wildcats fared well at the Battle of the State Christmas Tournament, as they won two out of three at Towns County High School in Hiawassee, Ga.
Laughlin, who can bang inside or nail a 30-foot jumper, made seven 3-pointers and scored 80 points over the three-game holiday tournament. The 6-foot-3 big man dropped 29 in an 83-72 overtime victory over the Piedmont Bulldogs (Ga.).
Polk County's explosive, young floor general, Burrows, scored 50 points in total over the tournament. The multi-sport standout made five 3-pointers in the first half on his way to a 19-point showing in an 82-72 win over Hayesville (N.C.).
Burrows, who also assisted over 20 buckets, drained all 11 treys in the tournament in the first half.
In total, the Wildcats made 29 shots from beyond the arc on their way to a pleasant showing to bring in the new year.
Their only loss came in a 72-68 defeat to Hokes Bluff (Ala.), in which Laughlin scored 13 and 14 in the first and second half.
"Going 2-1 on the road in a different state and different environment made for a successful holiday tournament," PCHS head coach Jon Tucker said. "Hopefully this will progress our team into district play. The next district game is at Sequoyah this Friday. We expect to carry some momentum into the second half."
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