Landrum defeats Polk convincingly in second meeting

Published 9:57 pm Monday, December 10, 2012

Polk’s Jordan Smith No. 3 and Landrum’s Truston Whiteside No. 23 battle for rebound position on Friday night. Whiteside lead all scores with 21 points. (photo by Fulton Hampton)

In what has become an early season tradition, Polk County and Landrum played for the second consecutive Friday night.

It is rare in high school basketball for rivals to meet in almost back to back games, but this “home and home series” is always much anticipated. Historically, these very competitive games are sometimes decided by home court advantage, but this was not the case this year with the Cardinals bringing too many weapons for the Wolverines.

From the opening tip, Landrum built an early lead resulting in a final score of 92-52.

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The Cardinals controlled the first quarter ending 22 to 5. At halftime Landrum pushed the score to 32-13 and never looked back.

Polk made some adjustments at halftime and came out attacking the basket more, scoring more effectively in the third quarter. Polk also did a good job of limiting the leading scorer from the last game Daniel Bridges to only 6 points.

However, the other Cardinals stepped up. Truston Whiteside led Landrum with 21 points, followed by Mark Wilson with 17 points.