JV basketball roundup: Wolverine girls, boys fall in tight contests

Cherokee eked out a 39-34 overtime victory Wednesday over Polk County in a non-conference girls junior varsity basketball matchup at Polk.

The Wolverines (6-2) rallied from a four-point deficit entering the final quarter to force overtime.

Emmie McDowell hit four 3-pointers and finished with 14 points to lead Polk County, with Marissa Twitty adding eight points.

Emily Prince, Amy Chupp, Alana Jergenson and Hannah Jenne each scored two points, with Savannah Parris, Kaylin Jenkins, Kiri Ashley and Anna McFadden each adding one.

WOLVERINE BOYS FALL: Cherokee put together an 18-9 run in the third period to pull away from Polk County and claim a 49-42 victory in junior varsity boys play.

The Wolverines raced to a 16-8 lead at the end of the first period, but the Braves cut that deficit to one at the half, then slowly widened the gap in the third period to take command.

Wesley Royster had 16 points to pace Polk County, with Grant Waddell scoring nine. Keyandre Thomas finished with five points and Shaq Wingo added four.

Tyler Staley, Shane Parris, Ben Hardin and Bryson Edwards each scored two points for Polk County.

Both Wolverine teams return to action on Friday, traveling to Owen for their Western Highlands Conference openers.