The hunt for that elusive first win continues in Polk County as the pair of beleaguered Benton teams fell to the visiting Loudon Monday night.
Two tough losses came at the hands of the Redskin raiding parties; the first was a 54-35 blowout for the girl’s game, followed by a 57-54 boys’ heartbreaker.
Polk’s Wildcats had a shot. In fact, they had a dozen of them from the charity stripe. But, below 50-percent shooting from the line left valuable points off the board, points that very possibly could have been the difference in the game.
Up early, the Wildcats led through the start of the third quarter, holding a 30-23 lead when the period began.
Throughout the game Loudon had consistently battled back, taking the lead three times in the first half, but Polk found a way to get momentum back and retake the advantage.
Yet, with just a few minutes left in the third quarter, the Redskins surged ahead, finishing the period with a 46-41 lead. This time the Wildcats didn’t have the answer.
As time ticked away, the home team desperately sought a rally. But, the rally fell just short.
Senior guard Evan Ball heaved a 3-pointer as the buzzer sounded, and even though the shot counted his team still sat three points behind and out of time. The scoreboard blazed 57-54, telling the Wildcats they would have to look elsewhere for their first victory.
“My guys played hard tonight. Tonight’s loss wasn’t from a lack of effort. I’m disappointed we lost, but I’m not disappointed in them,” stated Wildcat head coach Rusty Brewer.
“We struggled shooting in the middle of the second half, and that really ended up being the difference. We had some chances and had some looks. We just weren’t able to finish.
Derrick Weber was big for Polk, scoring 19 on the night. Ball wasn’t far behind, with 14 of his own.
It was more of the very unfortunate same for Polk’s Wildkittens. With Monday night’s 54-35 loss the girls too remain winless but in much less dramatic fashion.
Through seven games this season, Polk’s girls have lost by a combined 125 points. That’s an average of almost 18 points a game.
Monday night’s loss came at the hands of 22 precent shooting from the floor and double-digit turnovers. A two-point second quarter didn’t help things either.
Emily Wilson led Wildkitten scoring with 12 points. Riley Hatcher notched 11, hitting three from beyond the arch.
Both squads will search for some redemption and the season’s first win tonight as they host Tellico Plains.
Loudon 15 16 9 14 — 54
Polk 8 2 11 14 — 35
LADY REDSKINS — Aspen Jordan 25, Zoe Grimes 12, Campbell 2, Malone 2, Kelley 5, Snow 6, Henry 3.
WILDKITTENS — Emily Wilson 12, Riley Hatcher 11, Lillard 2, Epperson 5, Haynes 3, Withrow 2.
3-POINTERS: Loudon 2 (Kelley, Henry); Polk 4 (Hatcher 3, Epperson).
FREE THROWS: Loudon 4-of-5; Polk 7-of-12.
RECORDS: Loudon 4-3; Polk 0-7.
Loudon 11 10 25 11 — 57
Polk 12 16 13 13 — 54
REDSKINS — Andrew Hendrix 27, Chenault 8, Hardy 2, Jenkins 9, Ferguson 4, Mendez 2, Webb 6.
WILDCATS — Derrick Weber 19, Evan Ball 14, Groomes 9, Devin Weber 6, Hutcheson 2, Richmond 2.
3-POINTERS: Loudon 4 (Hendrix 4, Jenkins); Polk 5 (Ball 3, Groomes, Devin Weber).
FREE THROWS: Loudon 15-of-26; Polk 5-of-12.
RECORDS: Loudon 5-2; Polk 0-7.