Opening blitz carries Polk Middle to easy win over Hendersonville

Polk County Middle's Tori Thompson draws a foul from a Hendersonville Middle defender while trying to score during Monday's action.

With three games this week, including the start of postseason play, Brian Taylor hoped to spread playing time around Monday to give his Polk County Middle girls basketball team as much rest as possible.

His starting unit made certain that would be no problem.

The Wolverines unleashed a first-quarter offensive barrage, building a 20-point lead in the period, and coasting from there to a 44-29 win over Hendersonville Middle in Blue Ridge Conference action at Polk.

Polk Middle (9-2) scored 22 of the game’s first 24 points, its defensive intensity leading to several layups. The Wolverines led 23-7 at quarter’s end and kept the lead in double digits the rest of the way.

Down by 22 entering the fourth quarter, Hendersonville Middle (4-7) rallied late, but the Wolverine starters returned for the final minutes to keep the game safely in hand.

“It was a perfect start,” Taylor said of the 22-2 opening blitz. Tori Thompson had nine points in the quarter and Olivia Overholt had eight. “That allowed me to substitute some players. We can keep people’s legs fresh thanks to a setup like that.

“I wish we had rebounded a little better, but overall, we played a really good game.”

Overholt finished with 24 points, with Thompson adding nine and Lauren Dotson scoring six. Sara Wilson, Brianna Gray and Sara Gray each had two points for Polk Middle.

The Wolverines, BRC East Division champions, travel to Flat Rock on Tuesday before opening BRC tournament play on Thursday at home against an opponent to be determined from the West Division.

“I always worry about that other division because they’ve got tough teams over there,” Taylor said. “They’ve been beating up on each other all season.

“I feel pretty good about our chances playing like this. Hopefully we can get through the first round and see what we can do in the second round.”

Polk Middle’s Julia Ridings puts up a jumper during Monday’s play.