Basketball roundup: Polk JV girls top Owen, Warhorse varsity sweeps play

Polk County's Paulina Harden scored eight points to help lead the Wolverine junior varsity to a win Friday at Owen.

Hannah Henderson hit a pair of free throws in the final seconds Friday to clinch Polk County’s 31-28 win over Owen in junior varsity girls basketball action in Swannanoa.

Henderson’s foul shots sealed the second win in three games for the Wolverines (4-12). Polk County concludes its season on Tuesday, hosting Hendersonville in another Western Highlands Conference matchup.

Paulina Harden and Jenn Guerrero led the Wolverines in scoring, each with eight points, with Makayla Staley scoring six, Amy Chupp scoring five and Henderson and Hannah Jenne each scoring two.

OWEN GIRLS WIN: Owen built a 29-9 halftime lead and went on to hand Polk County a 54-20 setback in WHC varsity girls play.

Kristyl Keeter scored 11 points to lead a balanced attack for Owen, now 15-7 overall, 6-6 in conference play.

Mariah Overholt led Polk County (1-20, 0-10) with nine points, followed by Autumn Owen with five, Willow Arkell with four and Haley Fowler with two.

The Wolverines played without the services of freshman Ava Marino, out with an injury.

WARHORSE BOYS TRIUMPH: Owen’s Ben Craig scored the 1,000th point of his career and the Warhorses rolled to a 93-44 win over Polk County in boys varsity play.

Owen (18-4, 9-3) built a 59-26 halftime lead en route to a win that clinched second place in the Western Highlands Conference.

Matthew Brown had 25 points and 12 rebounds to lead Owen, with Coby Bartlett scoring 14 points and Craig, a junior, adding 13.

Markell Lipscomb had 12 points to lead Polk County (3-18, 0-10), with Jaymes Wingo and Dillon Overholt each scoring eight.

JV BOYS FALL: Owen earned a 70-47 victory over Polk County in junior varsity boys play.

The Wolverines dropped to 2-14 with the loss.