Defense sparks Polk Middle boys to third straight victory

Polk Middle's Nate Henderson looks for an open teammate during second-half action in Wednesday's game.

There’s a simple reason, suggests Polk County Middle boys basketball coach DeShane Briscoe, for the Wolverines’ current three-game winning streak.

“We’re playing hard on defense,” Briscoe said. “The kids are giving 100 percent more effort.”

Polk Middle’s defense certainly set the tone Wednesday, shutting down Brevard Middle in a 30-17 victory in Blue Ridge Middle School Conference action at Polk.

The Wolverines (3-5) held Brevard to just three points in the second half, including a single point in the third quarter. The Blue Devils (2-6) trailed 22-15 at the end of the third, and Polk pulled away in the final period while holding Brevard to a single basket.

“They’re putting in a lot of extra effort,” Briscoe said. “They’re giving it all they’ve got in practice, and it’s showing up in games.”

Tied 8-8 at the end of the first period, Polk Middle opened the second quarter with a 9-0 run sparked by Nate Henderson and Dakota Twitty to grab a 17-8 lead, only to see Brevard score six straight points in less than a minute to cut the lead to three. Twitty added a free throw to make it 18-14 at the half.

Dominique Carson had 12 points to lead Polk County, with Henderson adding eight, Twitty scoring five, Chan Barber scoring three points and Shane Parris finishing with two.

Polk Middle hits the road on Monday, traveling to Rugby for a 6 p.m. game.