Strong defensive play helped the Wildcat boys to capture a 42-31 win, while the Wildkittens came out on top in a 35-31 decision.
Polk County’s boys (8-11, 4-2 District 5-AA) has been plagued by single-digit scoring quarters this season that has cost them in close games, yet Friday night was their turn to impart some low scoring periods on the opposition, holding the Tigers to just seven points through the entire first half of play.
Meigs (3-18, 1-4) came out firing when play resumed, but it was too much of a deficit for the Tigers to overcome as both teams netted 24 points in the final two frames.
Leading Polk scoring were the big men Logan Brewer, posting a double-double with 15 points and 14 boards, and Andrea “The Italian Stallion” Ragona with 11 points. Both drilled a pair of 3-pointers in their totals.
Evan Ball also drained a couple of long-range bombs for six points, plus he copped five steals and dished out five assists in the victory.
Alex Akins put up strong numbers as will with a half dozen points, six rebounds and seven assists. Cody Burger cleaned the glass for five caroms and Javan Simpson four for the Wildcats.
Levi Woods netted 12-of-13 free throws on his way to a game-high 20 points to pace Meigs County.
Lady Tigers 31
It was a tight and physical game as the Polk County Wildkittens (7-10, 2-4) held off the Meigs County Lady Tigers (14-6, 3-2) for a narrow victory.
Both teams were separated by less than four points at the end of all four quarters, but solid rebounding and key defensive stands led to a ‘Kitten win.
Maclain Yowarsky led the Wildkittens with 12 points, including a pair of 3s, plus she copped a pair of steals.
Emily Wilson contributed nine points and a half dozen rebounds in the winning effort, while Natalie Miles pulled down nine caroms and scored five points.
Rachel Epperson also netted five points and cleared a trio of rebounds, while Riley Hatcher and Morgan Greer pulled down four caroms apiece for Polk.
Emileigh Swafford topped all scorers with 22 points, while Jessica Swafford added a half dozen for Meigs.
Polk will be in action again Tuesday night as they host Hamilton Heights.
Meigs County 7 5 12 7 — 31
Polk County 8 7 9 11 — 35
Lady Tigers (31) — Emileigh Swafford 22, Jessica Swafford 6, Hampston 3, Tilley, Meadows, Kilptrick, Davis.
Wildkittens (35) — Maclain Yowarsky 12, Wilson 9, Epperson 5, Miles 5, Hatcher 2, Greer 2, Haynes.
3-point Goals: Meigs 2 (J. Swafford, Hampton); Polk 2 (Yowarsky 2).
Free Throws: Meigs 7-of-11; Polk 5-of-13.
Records: Meigs 14-6, 3-2 District 5-AA; Polk 7-10, 2-4 District 5-AA.
Meigs County 3 4 11 13 — 31
Polk County 5 13 13 11 — 43
Tigers (31) — Levi Woods 20, Baker 4, Skidmore 4, Ricker 2, Shearman 1, Clark, Spradling, Keele.
Wildcats (43) — Logan Brewer 15, Andrea Ragona 11, Akins 6, Ball 6, Burger 4, Simpson, Groomes, Hutcheson.
3-point Goals: Meigs 0; Polk 7 (Ball 2, Brewer 2, Ragona 2, Buger).
Free Throws: Meigs 15-of-18; Polk 7-of-13.
Records: Meigs 3-18, 1-4 District 5-AA; Polk 8-11, 4-2 District 5-AA.