Polk County Middle’s boys basketball team displayed that amply Monday in the face of a relentless defensive onslaught by Hendersonville.
The undefeated Bearcats’ high-octane, ultra-aggressive, in-your-face-at-all-times defensive pressure troubled Polk Middle, allowing Hendersonville to race away and record a 53-7 victory in a Blue Ridge Conference East Division matchup.
The Bearcats (8-0) scored the game’s first 24 points and settled the outcome by halftime.
Yet Polk Middle (0-9) perservered when events made it easy not to do so.
Sixth grader Hollis Williams dipped and drove through the Hendersonville press. Ross Dow, Luke Garrison and Nate Fagan kept looking to penetrate and score. Brody Wilkins, Sam Rhein, David Duffy, Brady Carroll, Kevan Simpson, Dontavius Gary – all kept crashing the boards while helping try to solve the Bearcat defense.
And Brennan Oates provided a late offensive spark, canning a 3-pointer and short jumper in the final minutes.
Fagan added the other two points for Polk Middle, which will host Flat Rock on Thursday. The Wolverines dropped a 28-26 decision in December at Flat Rock – perhaps their perseverance will be rewarded with a win.