The Wildkittens (6-23) didn’t go down without a fight, falling to the District 6-AA girls champs by only five points, 47-42, on Friday night.
The Lady Hurricanes (23-9) took the lead and never relinquished it, forcing the Wildkittens to continually chase them throughout the game.
By the end of the first half, Polk County was trailing East Hamilton by only five points, 24-19.
In the third period the 6-AA champions increased their lead to 10 points over the Wildkittens, ending the period 37-27.
Polk County refused to quit though, going on a scoring run of 15 points in the fourth period. The Wildkitten defense allowed East Hamilton to add only 10 more points to the scoreboard.
Sadly, the late scoring pressure wasn’t enough to secure a first round victory for Polk County as they lost 42-42.
Emily Wilson led the Wildkittens with 13 points, five rebounds, and five steals. Riley Hatcher had 11 points, four rebounds and four steals. Rachel Epperson led the team with rebounds, getting 11 during Friday night’s game.
With this loss, the Wildkittens postseason has officially come to an end.
McMinn Central beat Brainerd 76-42, Meigs County beat Howard 75-47, and Tyner beat Sequoyah 36-29.
On Monday, the Region 3-AA action East Hamilton will take on Tyner and McMinn Central will play Meigs County at McMinn County High School
The Wildcats were handed a season ending loss by District 6-AA boys champion, the Howard Hustlin’ Tigers.
Howard demonstrated why they were tied for 13th place in the AP polls as they began the game by scoring 23 points in the first quarter and allowed Polk County only 11 points.
The second quarter was the closest the Wildcats would come in matching the Hustlin’ Tigers scoring streak, as they managed 10 points for Howards’ 12 points.
The Wildcats were just no match for the staggering Hustlin’ Tiger offense, as the champs added an additional 35 points to the scoreboard in the second half.
The game ended with Polk at a 30-point disadvantage, 70-40.
The Wildcats did outshine the Hustlin’ Tigers in 3-pointers, netting a total of 11 3-point shots while the victors only managed two.
Evan Ball led Polk in points racking up 25 points, including seven 3-pointers.
The Wildcats saw their season come to an end just one day after their female counterparts were defeated at East Hamilton.
Polk County 9 10 8 15 — 42
East Hamilton 15 9 13 10 — 46
WILDKITTENS (42) — Emily Wilson 13, RIley Hatcher 11, Hayes 8, Epperson 6, Johnson 4, Liner, McCary, McClain, Stewart, Lillard, Withrow, Hutcheson.
Lady HURRICANES (46) — Jessica Coddle 18, Juliette Harp 10, Kendall Coddle 10, Zachary 5, Moon 4, Woods, Wood.
3-point goals: Polk County 6 (Hatcher 2, Wilson 2, Hayes 2); East Hamilton 5 (J. Coddle 4, Zachary).
Free throws: Polk County 4-of-6
Records: Polk County 6-23; East Hamilton 23-9.
Polk County 11 10 8 11 — 40
Howard 23 12 17 18 — 70
WILDCATS (40) — Evan Ball 25, Richmond 4, Der. Weber 3, Groomes 3, Keith 3, Locke 2, Hutcheson, Coffey, Cross, Dev. Weber.
HUSTLIN’ TIGERS (70) — Brandon Walters 27, Antonio Smith 11, Harris 9, Wynn 4, Norwood 4, Cameron 3, Walton 3, McCouley 3, Brown 2, Byrd 2, Young 2.
3-point goals: Polk 11 (Ball 7, Groomes, Keith, Richmond, Der. Weber); Howard 2 (Walton, McCouley).
Free throws: Polk 3-of-5; Howard 4-of-4.
Records: Polk County 7-24; Howard 24-5.
5-AA All-District Girls
Elizabeth Massengil (Central) District MVP; Emileigh Swafford (Meigs), Hunter Simpson (Sequoyah), Emily Wilson (Polk), Peyton Williams (Central), Kassidi Freeman (Sequoyah), Taylor Boggess (Meigs), Elizabeth Trentham (Central), Brandi Kilpatrick (Meigs), Sidni Williams (Central), Angel Davis (Meigs), Danielle Slack (Sequoyah) Coach of the Year: Johnny Morgan (Central)
5-AA All-District Boys
Andrew Millsaps (Sequoyah) District MVP; Levi Woods (Meigs), Bradley Ward (Central), Brandon Clark (Sweetwater), Taylor Hawkins (Sequoyah), Evan Ball (Polk), Tyler Watson (Sweetwater), Derrick Weber (Polk), Bryson Baker (Meigs), Josh Scudder (Central), Max Miller (Central), Time Webb (Central) Coach of the Year: Doug Armstrong (Central).