Heartbreaking loss ends season for Polk Middle girls

Polk County Middle's Olivia Overholt had 12 points in Wednesday's tournament loss.

A heartbreaking loss Wednesday in the semifinals of the Blue Ridge Middle School Conference Basketball Tournament only grew Michelle Fagan’s admiration of her Wolverines.

Polk County Middle suffered a 39-37 setback at Macon Middle, falling late after rallying from a nine-point halftime deficit. Olivia Overholt scored nine of her team-high 12 points in the second half and Sara Muse had six of her eight points in the final two quarters to lead a comeback that nearly carried Polk into the championship game.

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The Wolverines ended their season with an 11-3 record, all three losses by four points or fewer.

“I am so proud of these girls,” Fagan said. “They showed a lot of heart (Wednesday) coming back from a nine-point deficit at halftime. It has been a privilege to be their coach. Like I told them, and like the song Rise says, these girls have victory in their veins and I’m looking forward to seeing their future success.

“Many thanks to Coach Brad Muse for his may hours of hard work in helping our team succeed. Thank you to the wonderful families and fans for their unwavering support. These girls were a joy to watch. What a great season.”

Marissa Twitty added eight points while Kristen Hall had five and Kaylin Jenkins and Julia Griffin each finished with two.