SWEETWATER LADY CATS 57, POLK COUNTY WILDKITTENS 30

Three Lady Cats finished in double figures Friday night as Sweetwater raced out to an early lead and never looked back in securing a 57-30 win over Polk County.

Mikalee Martin and Mari Robbins opened with layups before Polk County got on the board with a Rylee Jo Hale free throw. Kassedy McCool answered that score with a layup and Martin added a 3-point play and a 3-pointer to extend the lead to 12-3. An Abbey Barr trey to end the first quarter gave Sweetwater a 15-8 lead.

The two teams traded baskets to start the second quarter until a McCool 3-pointer and a Robinson layup gave Sweetwater a 24-12 advantage. Tori Hardin answered with a trey for Polk County, but Barr added back-to-back layups to counter the attack. Courtney Farr added a layup for Polk County before the halftime break, but the Wildkittens still found themselves trailing by double digits at intermission, 28-17.

After the break, Sweetwater stepped up on both ends of the court. Defensively, the Lady Cats only gave up nine points in the third quarter and on the offensive end, Sweetwater made the most of trips to the free throw line. Martin and Robbins combined to go 7-for-8 from the free throw stripe in the quarter, and McCool added a trey and a steal-and-score. A Barr jumper capped off the scoring and gave Sweetwater a 20-point lead at 46-26.

The stingy Lady Cat defense held in the fourth quarter, limiting the Wildkittens to four points, all from Hale. On the other end, Shea Wheeler sank back-to-back layups and Trinity Upton and Robbins made trips to the charity stripe. Another layup by Wheeler and one from Emily Allen capped off the scoring and helped Sweetwater to a 27-point win to extend their winning streak to three games.

Mikalee Martin led Sweetwater with 16, Abbey Barr added 13 and Kassedy McCool had 10.

No. 4 SWEETWATER WILDCATS 76, POLK COUNTY WILDCATS 56

On a night that they were honored for reaching the 1,000 point milestone, Kolbe Billingsley and Dominique Oggs stood out from the crowd, scoring at will and leading the Wildcats to a district win over Polk County in a battle of the Wildcats.

Polk County started off the game with a lead when Eli Cross converted a 3-point play and Dalton Lairmore sank a jumper. Oggs kept Sweetwater. close with two layups, and the Wildcats took a lead on back-to-back 3-pointers by Billingsley and Carson Hicks. After a Polk County layup, another trey by Hicks gave Sweetwater its biggest lead, and from there, the Wildcats controlled the remainder of the first quarter. Billingsley and Matthew Kile converted from the free throw line and Oggs tipped in a missed shot by flying in at the last second to give the Cats a 19-13 lead after one quarter.

Jayce Upton opened the second quarter with a Sweetwater 3-pointer, but layups from Luke Burrows and Scott Patterson helped Polk County cut into the lead. Billingsley answered with back-to-back buckets and Bryce Johnson added a 3-point play before free throws from Polk County broke the streak. Oggs made his mark late in the first half, getting a putback and a 3-pointer at the buzzer that he made despite falling down during the shot. At the break, Sweetwater led 34-21.

After the break, Sweetwater went right back to work. Kile scored on a jumper and two free throws and Oggs took the ball coast to coast for a layup. The Wildcat surge opened up a 40-21 lead for the home team. The visiting Wildcats had a response, however. Josh Groomes sank two layups and a free throw and Patterson added a layup to cut the lead back down to its halftime size. A key 3-point play by Billingsley set off another Sweetwater scoring run, with Oggs sending a 3-pointer swishing through the net and Billingsley and Kile adding a layup apiece.

An Oggs steal to open the fourth quarter ended in an Oggs dunk on the other end and the senior added four more points in quick succession. Billingsley snatched a steal of his own and was fouled after converting the shot, completing a 3-point play at the stripe. Kile and Oggs each added one more layup and Oggs and Billingsley poured in back-to-back treys to open up a 32-point lead late in the fourth quarter. Treys by Kyle Dunn and Tim Burgess helped Polk County try to claw back, but Sweetwater still escaped with a 20-point win to maintain their hold on first place in the district standings.

Dominique Oggs led the way with a double-double (27 points, 10 rebounds) and Kolbe Billingsley added 22.

Scott Patterson had 15 for Polk County.

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