Polk loses opening round of conference tourney to Owen

Published 7:36pm Thursday, February 21, 2013

Polk and Owen met for the third time this year in the opening round of the WHC tournament. Polk won the first game 62-44 at home and lost the second by an almost identical score of 62-47. So the third time was to be the charm for one of the teams.

Unfortunately, the Lady Wolverines found themselves down early; 15-0 at one point and still down by 12 points in the first quarter. Polk could never overcome Owen’s early lead, eventually losing 59-47.

After the slow start Polk matched Owen point for point the through the second, third and fourth quarters, with both teams scoring 43 points.

Coach Craig Culbreth said it was the first quarter, however, that determined the outcome of the game.

“We got down 15 to 0 starting the game. We got it back to 7 by half and cut it to 5 a couple times. (We had it) with a minute and a half (in the game) we got it to 6 with the ball. (But) We just couldn’t hit a big shot. Their tall girls did a really good job of rebounding.”

Not always the case, this game was a good example of the stat sheet reflecting the outcome of the game. Polk was out rebounded in the game 34-29, and shot 33 percent from the field versus 37 percent for Owen. Owen shot 64 percent from the foul line, while Polk was under 50 percent for the game.

Polk finished the season with a record of 12-13 overall and was 6-8 in the conference.

Game stats
Polk 4, 15, 10, 18 — 47
Owen 16, 12, 14, 17 — 59
Polk — Kropp 12, Overholt 8, Brown 7, Flood 6, Phipps 5, Deaver 5, Ruff 3 and Love 1

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