Mountain Heritage showed Thursday why the Cougars are considered a threat to make a deep run in the 2A boys basketball playoffs, rolling to a 75-34 Western Highlands Conference win over Polk County.
The Cougars (17-1, 9-0) took command of the game at the outset. After Jason Fox and Clark Phipps hit 3-pointers to give Polk County a 6-4 lead, Mountain Heritage scored the next 29 points, building a 33-6 advantage before Javontae Miller hit a free throw at the 7:05 mark of the second quarter.
Mountain Heritage is currently ranked third in the state in the MaxPreps computer rankings and fourth in the latest NCPreps.com state poll.
The Cougars extended the lead to 53-23 at the half.
Clark Phipps scored 14 points for Polk County, which honored seniors Wilson Edwards, Fox and Jaylon Bontrager before the game. Bontrager is sidelined for the season with an injury.
Markell Lipscomb added six poiints, with Edwards and Sedric Pickett each scoring four, Fox scoring three, Alfredo Avellaneda scoring two and Miller adding one.
Callin Randolph led Mountain Heritage with 14 points.
Polk County is scheduled to be in action again Monday, traveling to Mitchell.
HERITAGE GIRLS WIN: Also near the top of state rankings and polls, Mountain Heritage’s girls team posted a 63-27 victory over Polk County.
The Cougars improved to 20-1 overall, 9-0 in WHC play. Polk County dropped to 1-18, 0-8.
Polk County honored seniors Autumn Owen, Bella Marino and Kendall Hall before the game.
Owen had 18 points to surpass 1,100 for her career, finishing the night at 1,108. Mariah Overholt added four points, with Makalya Staley and Ansley Lynch each scoring two and Kristen Hall adding one.
Hall finished with five rebounds and Lynch had four.