A scoreless first quarter Monday prompted Polk Middle girls coach Michelle Fagan to take her starting lineup outside for a quick meeting.
Whatever Fagan said there paid dividends, as the Wolverines fought back from that early deficit and eventually took their first lead midway through the final quarter.
But Macon Middle checked the Polk offense at that point, outscoring the Wolverines 9-2 in the final 3:30 to claim a 29-23 victory in the season opener for both squads.
The Panthers (1-0) built an 8-0 lead before Bailey Staton broke the ice for the Wolverines (0-1) with a 3-pointer at the 5:03 mark on the second quarter. Polk battled to within 14-9 at the half.
The Wolverines still trailed by three as the fourth quarter began, but baskets by Staton and Jayden Duncan tied the game at 19-19 with 4:35 remaining.
Charley Dusenbury then gave Polk its first lead with a jumper from the lane at the 3:30 mark. Macon, though, scored the next nine points before Duncan tallied once more before the final buzzer.
Staton finished with 13 points to lead Polk, with Duncan scoring six and Dusenbury adding four.
Polk Middle returns to action on Nov. 30, traveling to Apple Valley Middle for a 4:30 p.m. matchup.