At the Chattanooga Christian Thanksgiving Invitational, the LFO Warriors fell behind 19-7 after the first quarter and trailed 41-20 at halftime in route to a season-opening 65-50 loss to the Lookout Valley Yellow Jackets this past Monday.
Ruddy Ware had 18 points in the loss while Patryk Gilbert finished with 10.
Polk County boys 65, LFO 51
On Friday afternoon, the Warriors led by nine in the first quarter before going into the locker room with a 33-30 lead over the Wildcats from Benton, Tennessee.
Polk rallied to take a one-point lead early in the third quarter, but the Warriors would go on an 11-5 run to rally ahead, 47-42, with 2:50 to play in the third quarter.
However, the remaining 10:50 would simply be a disaster for the Red-and-White as the Warriors (0-2) managed just two field goals the rest of the way and just one in the fourth quarter. Meanwhile, the Wildcats used their height and size advantage to outscore the LFO, 23-4, the rest of the way.
Josh Laughlin had a game-high 40 points for the Wildcats. Ware dropped in a team-best 19 for LFO, followed by Gilbert with 12 and Andrew Brock with five
LFO girls 55, Polk County 42
In the opening game at CCS on Friday, the Lady Warriors outscored the Lady Wildcats in the opening quarter, 13-0, and went on to a 13-point victory.
LFO (2-0) got back-to-back 3-pointers by Milijah Williams and Ali Kelley near the end of the third quarter to push the lead to 20 points and Polk never got closer than 13 the rest of the way.
Macey Gregg had 15 points and five steals. Williams picked up 10 points and four assists. Infiniti Foster had seven points while Kelley and Anna Rountree added six each. LFO was outrebounded, 29-23, but had just 13 turnovers while forcing Polk into 31 on the other end.
LFO's teams will conclude the tournament on Saturday as they will take on the host school.