Polk Middle's Brody Wilkins powers toward the basket during the second half of Thursday's game

Hard to tell Thursday which made Polk Middle boys basketball coach Brad Muse happier, how well the Wolverines played or completing a season sweep of Hendersonville Middle.

That’s what is commonly known as a good problem.

Muse certainly could smile after watching the Wolverines race to a double-digit lead in the first quarter and build on that the rest of the night, returning from holiday break with a convincing 56-24 victory over the Bearcats.

At 1-7, it’s not the Hendersonville Middle team of a year ago that dominated the Blue Ridge Conference’s East Division. But after a 53-7 loss at home nearly a year ago to the Bearcats, returning the favor offered a sense of redemption for the Wolverines (4-4), who also defeated Hendersonville 46-31 earlier this season.

“The last two years, they laid it to us pretty hard,” Muse said. “So this is a good victory, especially for these eighth graders because they remember those bad losses.

“It’s a good win, especially coming back from Christmas break. They had a good practice last night, and I felt comfortable coming into this game that they were going to do the right things.”

Polk Middle had success early working the ball inside to Brody Wilkins or getting the ball anywhere into the hands of Nate Fagan. Both scored eight points in the first quarter as the Wolverines grabbed a 19-6 advantage.

A Fagan 3-pointer late in the second quarter pushed the margin to 18 points, and it still sat at 17 before Hendersonville’s Bently Park banked in a running halfcourt shot at the halftime buzzer to send Polk into the locker room with a 30-16 edge.

But the Wolverines held the Bearcats to just three points in the third quarter, steadily pulling away to secure a win that keeps Polk Middle a game out of first place in the East Division race.

Polk hosts Flat Rock on Monday.

“We’ve really got to build off this and get ready for Flat Rock,” Muse said. “It’s a great building block, especially coming off Christmas break.”

Fagan finished with 14 points for Polk Middle, with Wilkins adding 11 and Keyan Simpson scoring 10. Nate Garrison added eight points, with Hollis Williams scoring six, Ross Dow notching five and Dallas Littlejohn scoring four.