BENTON — The Polk County basketball teams celebrated homecoming Friday evening with a pair of victories over the visitors from Tennessee Christian Preparatory School.
The Wildcats pounced on the Hawks for a double-digit lead in the opening period before going on to a 71-45 win.
The Wildkittens had a quick start as well, holding the Lady Hawks to a single point in the first eight minutes on their way to a 54-29 tally.
Both local programs will be back in action this evening as Polk County will entertain Silverdale Baptist Academy out of Chattanooga, while TCPS will welcome Maryville Christian to Cleveland at their North Lee Highway campus.
The boys from Benton lit up the scoreboard for 24 points in Friday’s opening frame, while holding the Hawks to just 10.
The hosts were able to push their advantage to 39-16 at the half.
After the intermission, TCPS came out strong with a 23-15 scoring edge in the third period, but Polk (5-17) was able to seal the victory with a 17-6 final period run.
The Wildcats drained a half dozen 3-pointers in the victory, plus made 7-of-9 free-throw attempts.
Meanwhile, the Hawks countered with five treys and connected on 12-of-21 charity tosses.
All 10 Polk players scored, with three of them netting double figures.
Devin Weber topped the winning effort with 18 points, including a pair of long-range bombs, and also cleared five rebounds.
Gage Locke wasn’t far behind with 15 markers, plus he dished off seven assists.
Cody Groomes netted 11 points for the ’Cats, plus was able to cop five steals, with Blake Cross adding eight points and five caroms for the home team.
Hawk Jacob Coleman topped all scorers with 25 points, including a pair of 3-pointers and going 9-of-13 at the foul stripe.
Luke Benton added 10 points for TCPS, while Robbie David netted eight.
LADY HAWKS 29
After the Polk girls jumped out to a 9-1 lead by the first buzzer, TCPS fought back for an 11-10 scoring edge in the second eight-minute span.
The Wildkittens came out of the locker room after the intermission and filled up the nylon for 25 points, while holding the visitors to just six.
The Lady Hawks once again outscored the host 11-10 in the final frame, but the damage was already done.
Polk’s Heather McLain led all scorers with 19 points, hitting eight shots from the field, plus 3-of-4 charity tosses. She also grabbed a pair of rebounds and copped a couple of steals.
Bella Liner drained the lone 3-pointer for the hosts and went 4-of-7 from close range for 11 points to go along with a trio of assists, three caroms and a pair of steals.
Hannah Withrow just missed a double-double for the ’Kittens as she netted nine points and cleared nine ricochets, plus she swiped a trio of thefts.
Makayla McClary went 3-for-4 at the free-throw line on her way to seven points to go along with two rebounds and two steals for the victors.
Felecia Johnson added four points, three assists, three rebounds and a steal to the winning total.
Logan Hall was tops for the Lady Hawks with 11 points, while Marritt Jenkins added seven and Neeley Benton five.
TCPS 1 11 6 11 — 29
Polk County 9 10 25 10 — 54
LADY HAWKS (29) — Logan Hall 11, Marritt Jenkins 7, Neeley Benton 5, Karissa Armao 2, Natalie Calfee 2, Carrie Claypoole 2.
WILDKITTENS (54) — Heather McLain 19, Bella Liner 11, Hannah Withrow 9, Makayla McClary 7, Mac ie Waldroup 4, Felecia Johnson 4, Angel Davis, Briana Muller.
3-POINTERS: TCPS n/a; Polk 1 (Liner).
FREE THROWS: TCPS n/a; Polk 7-of-10.
RECORDS: TCPS n/a; Polk County 9-12.
TCPS 10 6 23 6 — 45
Polk County 24 15 15 17 — 71
HAWKS (45) — Jacob Coleman 25, Luke Benton 10, Robbie Davis 8, Kaleb Armao 2, Ben Wycoff, Caleb Douglas, Andy Chase 0, Val Berger.
WILDCATS (71) — Devin Weber 18, Gage Locke 15, Cody Groomes 11, Blake Cross 8, Will Richmond 5, Chris Wimberley 4, Hunter Ownbey 3, Bryce coffey 3, Nick Sipe 2, Colby Frerichs 2.
3-POINTERS: TCPS 5 (Coleman 2, Davis 2, Benton); Polk 6 (Weber 2, Richmond, Groomes, Ownbey, Locke).
FREE THROWS: TCPS 12-of-21; Polk 7-of-9.
RECORDS: TCPS n/a; Polk County 5-17.