Macon Middle pulled away in the second half Monday, handing Polk County Middle a 35-19 setback in Blue Ridge Conference boys basketball action in Franklin.
The Wolverines (0-1) trailed just 15-10 at halftime and were down only 10 entering the final quarter. But the Panthers (1-0) held Polk to just one basket in the final quarter to secure the win.
Ross Dow had seven points for Polk Middle, with Dallas Littlejohn scoring six. Brennan Oates added three points, with Kevan Simpson scoring two and Hollis Williams adding one.
Polk Middle will make its home debut on Tuesday as Smoky Mountain Middle visits.