DECATUR — It was a dismal day in Decatur for the Polk County basketball teams Friday.
The Polk Wildcats, coached by Randy Brewer, were hoping to strengthen their lead over Meigs in the District 5-AA boys race. A 52-48 win for the home team leaves the two teams in a deadlock for last place in the district standings.
The Polk County girls, coached by assistants Johnny Hayes and Laura German, were pretty much in the same boat. Before Friday’s game, the Wildkittens were leading the Meigs girls by a healthy margin for second place in District 5-AA behind highly ranked McMinn Central.
After the game, and a surprising overtime win for Meigs County (68-65), the margin in 5-AA play is much closer.
Meigs County 52, Polk County 48
A whirlwind finish by the Wildcats closed them within two buckets of Meigs County, but it wasn’t quite enough.
Polk County fell behind early and could not get off the floor, despite an 18-7 rally in the fourth quarter.
Meigs County jumped ahead by a point in the first quarter, then increased its lead to 28-22 at halftime. A 17-8 advantage in the third quarter had Meigs on top by 15 points, 45-30.
Guard Alex Akins and center Logan Brewer sparked a furious rally over the final eight minutes of the game. Akins finished the game with 15 points and Brewer got 14. Brock Raper also had a solid game for the Wildcats with nine.
Meigs County’s Spencer Crabtree earned game honors with 18 points for the winners. Levi Woods added 14 and Lee Wilson got 10.
Meigs girls 68, Polk County 65
It was feast or famine for the Wildkittens, ranked this week in the state’s Top 10.
It was a famine of only 11 points over the first two quarters, as the host Meigs girls dashed ahead by 18 points, 29-11.
The Wildkittens, behind the scoring of Mcclain Yowarsky and Stephanie Qualls, raced back into the competition with a feast of points over the next two quarters. Polk County scored 25 points in the third quarter and 22 in the fourth, but the scoring deluge only allowed the Wildkittens to catch up to a 58-58 tie at the end of regulation.
Meigs County’s Emileigh Swafford scored a game-high 31 points, and led her team to 10 points in the overtime to dump the Wildkittens to a three-point defeat.
Yowarsky scored 24 points for Polk County, and added 10 rebounds and six steals. Qualls had 17 for the Wildkittens.
Behind Swafford’s 31 points for Meigs County were Amanda Tilley and Madison Hampton with 12 points apiece.
Polk County 8 3 25 22 7 — 65
Meigs County 15 14 15 14 10 — 68
Wildkittens (65) — Mcclain Yowarsky 24, Stephanie Qualls 17, Silvers 7, Richmond 6, Wilson 5, Webb 2, Lee, Miles.
Meigs County (68) — Emileigh Swafford 31, Amanda Tilley 12, Madison Hampton 12, J. Swafford 6, Million 4, Kilpatrick 3, Davis.
3-pointers: Polk County 4 (Yowarsky 2, Qualls, Richmond);
Records: Polk County 15-4; Meigs County 10-11, 2-3 in Dist. 5-AA.
Polk County 13 9 8 18 — 48
Meigs County 14 14 17 7 — 52
Wildcats (48) — Cheatham, Alex Akins 15, Young 4, Raper 9, Logan Brewer 14, Ball 6.
Meigs County (52) — Spencer Crabtree 23, Shoot, Levi Woods 13, Sherman 4, Wilson 6, Stevenson, Henry 6.
3-pointers: Polk County 6 (Akins 4, Ball 2, Raper); Meigs County 7 (Crabtree 5, Woods 2).
Records: Polk County 8-11; Meigs County 8-12, 1-4 in 5-AA.