HENDERSONVILLE – Cold outside, cold inside Tuesday for Polk County’s boys basketball team.
The Wolverines never found any type of offensive rhythm at Hendersonville, dropping a 63-37 loss to the Bearcats in the regular-season finale for both teams.
With Brevard’s game with Pisgah rescheduled for Wednesday, the Wolverines’ planned date with the Blue Devils has been cancelled. Polk County (5-17, 3-9) will next compete in the first round of the Western Highlands Conference tournament, either Friday or Monday depending upon when the rest of the WHC finishes their schedules.
Polk County will enter the tourney as the conference’s sixth seed and will play at either Owen or Mountain Heritage in the first round.
Hendersonville (8-14, 4-8) scored the game’s first 12 points Tuesday and never looked back. Wes Mullis finally got Polk on the board with 3:47 left in the first period, but the Wolverines still trailed 17-6 at period’s end.
Hendersonville stretched the lead to 24-7 in the second before Polk briefly rallied on baskets by Mullis and Jamal Wheeler and a 3-pointer by Dillion Overholt to pull within 12 at 26-14. But Hendersonville closed the quarter on a 10-2 run to take a 36-16 advantage at the half and the Wolverines never recovered.
“Our energy level wasn’t good, and we got frustrated quickly when our shots weren’t going down,” said Polk County head coach Josh McEntire. “We never got in sync. Nobody out there was making shots.
“It’s hard for 16, 17, 18-year-old kids to keep their energy up and play defense when they’re not making shots. On a night like that with shooting like that, you’re not going to beat anybody.”
Mullis scored 13 points and Overholt had 12 to lead Polk County, which also got seven points from Wheeler, three from Daniel Painter and two from Jaymes Wingo.