Second-quarter blitz helps Owen overcome Polk start, score WHC win

Published 8:00 am Thursday, January 24, 2019

A promising start Tuesday for Polk County’s boys disappeared in Owen’s second-quarter blitz, the surge carrying the Warhorses to a 73-54 win at Polk.

The Wolverines (0-15, 0-5) scored the game’s first six points, led by eight midway through the quarter and still had a 17-12 advantage early in the second period as Tyler Staley drilled a jumper to open the quarter.

But Owen’s offense roared to life at that point. The Warhorses (4-12, 2-3) erupted for 32 points in the quarter, hitting five 3-pointers. Noah Moore had four of those and had 17 points in the quarter as Owen built a 44-24 halftime lead.

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Moore finished the night with eight 3-pointers and 35 points to lead Owen, giving him back-to-back 30-point games after scoring 34 Friday in a loss at Avery.

Owen hit 11 3-pointers in the game.

Clark Phipps and Zeke Hermann each scored 18 points to pace Polk County, with Phipps grabbing eight rebounds and Hermann hauling down six. Polk County played without senior Amir Gary, sidelined with an ankle injury.

Keyandre Thomas had eight points and four rebounds, with Wesley Royster adding three points. Dominique Carson, Staley and Grant Waddell each had two points and Mitchell Yoder added one.

Polk County will travel Friday to Avery for another WHC matchup.

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