Polk boys rout Madison in finale; WHC tourney pairings set for Wolverine squads

Polk County's Seth Hardin applies defensive pressure during Tuesday's game with Hendersonville.

That is how you close out a regular season.

Polk County’s boys traveled to Marshall on Wednesday night and spoiled the Patriots’ regular-season home finale, handing Madison a 70-49 loss in Western Highlands Conference play.

The win in the final regular-season game for both schools allowed Polk County (4-19, 1-11) to move into a tie for sixth place with Madison (3-20, 1-11) in the final WHC standings. The Wolverines won a tiebreaker and will travel to Mountain Heritage on Friday at 6 p.m. in the first round of the WHC postseason tournament.

Markell Lipscomb had 16 points and three steals for the Wolverines, with Jaylon Bontrager adding 12 points, five rebounds and a steal. Clark Phipps and Dillon Overholt each added eight points, with Seth Hardin scoring seven and Malik Miller and Brandon Bacher each scoring six points.

Miller and Jaymes Wingo added dunks in the final minute to cap the win.

MADISON GIRLS WIN: Madison closed its regular season with a 67-24 win over Polk County in varsity girls basketball action.

Autumn Owen scored 12 points to lead the Wolverines (2-21, 1-11). Mariah Overholt added seven points, with Haley Fowler scoring four and Bella Marino adding one.

Taylor Newton grabbed eight rebounds for Polk County.

Polk County lost a tiebreaker with Hendersonville and will be the seventh seed for the WHC girls tournament. The Wolverines will travel to Avery on Friday for a 6 p.m. first-round game.