After having their TSSAA Sectional Game postponed once due to a graduation, Mother Nature is pushing back Polk County’s bid for a state tournament berth at least another day.
Coach Bill Triplett’s Lady Wildcats advanced to substate play with a victory over District 6-AA runner-up Hixson earlier this week, and, after falling to Chattanooga Central in the Region 3-AA title game, was scheduled to travel to Dunlap to take on Region 4-AA winner Sequatchie County.
The orignal game date of Friday was pushed back to Saturday due to the host school’s scheduled graduation. The rains that soaked the area Saturday, forced the game to today, when the teams hope to play in Dunlap at 4 this afternoon.
“The TSSAA said we could actually go as long as playing Tuesday morning before the state tournament starts Tuesday evening (in Murfreesboro),” Coach Triplett related Saturday afternoon. “Hopefully it won’t come to that. We hope to be able to play today or Monday at the latest.”
Making their first substate appearance in 20 years, Polk County advanced to the region tournament for the third straight season under Triplett’s tutelage, but the first as the District 5-AA champion.
“(Coach) Frankie Lowery took them to the substate in 1993 and 94,” Triplett remarked. “This is the first time we’ve won the district since then.”
Winning five of their six post-season games by a 39-15 margin, the Lady Wildcats are 25-7 on the season heading into the Sectional battle against a 21-12 Sequatchie squad.
Like Polk, the Lady Indians swept their district (7-AA) competition this season and have won all five of their post-season games by a 33-5 margin.
Sequatchie earned the right to host the sectional game with a 3-1 defeat of District 8-AA champion DeKalb County (40-6), which in turn knocked off Chattanooga Central 2-0 in their substate game Friday.
Polk and Sequatchie are battling for the final spot in the TSSAA Class AA Tournament field, as the other seven slots have been filled.
Joining DeKalb in Murfreesboro Tuesday will be Greeneville (30-5), a 2-0 winner over Alcoa; CAK (34-5), which nipped Unicoi County 7-6; White House (23-24), a 6-5 victor over Giles County; Greenbrier (40-6), which slipped past Creek Wood 6-4; Lexington (42-5), also won 6-4 over Covington; and Dyersburg (36-5), which thumped Ripley 12-2 in substate play.
State tournament play begins Tuesday at 5 p.m. at the Murfreesboro Sports Complex and McKnight Fields.