Polk Middle girls bounce back with convincing win in regular season finale

Polk County Middle's Kylee Mullis powers to the basket during Thursday's game.

Perhaps “respond” adorned a bulletin board somewhere in the halls at Polk County Middle School on Thursday.

The Wolverines certainly did just that in their final regular-season home game of the season.

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Back on the court less than 24 hours after a tough loss at Hendersonville Middle, Polk County bounced back with emphasis, routing Flat Rock 52-23 in a Blue Ridge Middle School Conference game.

The win capped a stellar 10-2 season for Polk County Middle, which will open BRMSC tournament play on Monday at home. Pairings for the tourney will be announced Friday.

Polk County began to pull away late in the second quarter, taking a 28-15 edge at the half. But the Wolverines shifted into another gear in the third period, holding Flat Rock (5-7) to just two points while pouring in 16 of their own, building a 44-17 advantage by the end of the quarter.

Marissa Twitty sparked that surge with all 10 of her points in the quarter, dominating the offensive boards and also scoring a pair of layups thanks to patient perimeter passing that led to the easy baskets.

“We talked to the kids before the game about how are you going to respond,” said Polk Middle head coach Michelle Fagan, referring to Wednesday’s 33-29 loss at Hendersonville. “They responded.

“Look at this scoresheet. They’re unselfish kids who just want to win. That’s what is so good about them. They had their heads up and looking up the floor in the second half and were hitting open people. There again, they’re very unselfish kids.”

Olivia Overholt scored 11 points to lead Polk Middle, with Julia Griffin and Kaylin Jenkins each scoring eight. Sara Muse had five, with Tori Thompson scoring four and Sara Wilson, Kylee Mullis and Rachael Davis all scoring two.

Twitty also had seven rebounds in the game while Julia Griffin finished with six.