Polk, Landrum split basketball series opener

Published 1:50 pm Friday, December 17, 2010

The Landrum boys upended Polk County on Friday night, Dec. 3, in the first round of the yearly border war. Led by senior Tyler Logan, the Cardinals defended their home court with a 61-45.

Logan scored a career high 16 points, Truston Whiteside added 14 points and Austin Brown chipped in ten points to lead the way for the Cardinals. And while the Cardinals played strong defense, head coach Lyn Smith came up a little shy of giving his offense four stars.

Offensively we were average, he said. We played well at times, but we also stalled at times as well.

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Brown added eight assists, five steals, two rebounds and two blocks for Landrum.

On the Polk side, the Wolverines were led by Deion Twitty with nine points. Markece Cunningham added seven and Sam Vining and Stephen Staley each chipped in six points.

Girls basketball

The Polk County girls basketball team beat Landrum on the road Friday night, Dec. 3, 42-37.

The Lady Wolverines were led by Brittany Phipps and Melinda Morgan. Phipps was the high scorer in the game with 17 points. Morgan added 11 points and nine rebounds.

The real story for the Lady Wolverines, however, came on defense. Polk had 22 steals in the game, led by Phipps, who had five steals and six rebounds.

Our press worked really good and we really ran the floor, first year coach Craig Culbreth said. I think the girls are starting to learn the new system and me better and are playing better as a team each week.

The Lady Cardinals were led by Ashley Hartsell and Amber Whiteside who had 13 and 11 points respectively.