Polk Middle girls rout Apple Valley, gear up for division showdown

Polk County Middle assistant basketball coach Brad Muse, left, and head coach Michelle Fagan have guided Polk to a 9-1 record this season.

Polk County Middle’s girls basketball team tuned up for its showdown next week with Hendersonville Middle with a 47-10 rout Thursday of Apple Valley at Polk Middle.

In winning their eighth straight game, the Wolverines (9-1) remained tied with Hendersonville Middle atop the Blue Ridge Middle School Conference’s East Division (pending the result of Hendersonville’s game Thursday with Flat Rock). The two teams meet Wednesday in Hendersonville, with a Polk win clinching the division championship.

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Thursday’s margin allowed head coach Michelle Fagan to play all 14 members of her squad, with 10 different players scoring. Emmie McDowell led the Wolverines with 12 points, with Olivia Overholt and Kaylin Jenkins each scoring eight.

Also scoring were Julia Griffin with six points, Sara Muse with three and Kristen Hall, Emily Prince, Tori Thompson, Savannah Parris and Sara Wilson each with two.

Thursday’s win came on the heels of a 48-17 victory on Wednesday at Rugby. Fagan cited the team’s ball movement on offense as key to the win.

Overholt had 12 points in the rout, with Muse and Rachael Davis each scoring eight. Jenkins finished with six points and McDowell, Marissa Twitty and Hall each had four. Griffin added two in the win.