Polk Middle girls, boys romp past Flat Rock

Polk County Middle's Kayleigh Wilson looks to set up the Wolverine offense during second-half action in Thursday's win.

DeShane Briscoe may do double coaching duty more often.

Polk County Middle’s head boys basketball coach watched his Wolverines roll to a 35-19 win Thursday over Flat Rock shortly after helping guide the Polk girls to a 42-12 rout in Blue Ridge Conference action at Polk Middle.

Girls assistant coach Markece Cunningham actually did most of the work in the absence of head coach Brian Taylor, but Briscoe still enjoyed his extended time on the sidelines.

“Two wins in one day is not bad,” he said.

Polk Middle (5-1) entered as the leader in the BRC’s East Division, with Flat Rock currently sitting in sixth place, and the Wolverines wasted no time in making sure the standings remained that way.

Polk rolled to a 24-5 lead by the end of the first period thanks in large part to the efforts of Tori Thompson, who scored 13 points in the opening quarter, including a 3-pointer.

Polk then held Flat Rock scoreless in the second quarter, taking a 29-5 lead at the half and allowing Cunningham and Briscoe to play their entire roster in the final two quarters.

Thompson finished with 15 points to pace Polk, with Olivia Overholt adding nine. Lauren Dotson had seven poins, with DeAsia Green scoring three and Ada Kelley, Brianna Gray, Sara Wilson and Kayleigh Wilson all scoring two.

Polk County’s Elijah Barnes begins a drive to the basket during Thursday’s action.

The Wolverine boys (2-4) followed a similar pattern, opening a 12-1 lead at the end of the first period as Dominique Carson hit a 3-pointer and a pair of free throws to close out the quarter.

Polk Middle’s defensive pressure and rebounding continued to fuel the Wolverines in the second quarter, allowing them to build a 26-8 lead by the break.

“Our ability to play solid defense the full court helped today,” Briscoe said. “Also our ability to move the basketball around on offense.”

Chan Barber finished with 14 points to lead Polk, with Carson adding nine. Cole Pereira and Steven Chupp each scored five and Kris Littlejohn scoring one.