A rough second quarter stymied Polk County’s hopes of an upset Tuesday, with Mountain Foothills 7 Conference leader Hendersonville claiming a 77-47 victory at Polk.
The Wolverines dropped to 5-13 overall, 1-7 in conference play. Hendersonville is now 16-3, 7-1.
How it happened: Polk County held its own with the Bearcats in the opening quarter, trailing just 12-11 entering the second period.
The margin was still one, 14-13, after Kris Littlejohn’s basket at the 6:34 mark. But Hendersonville’s defensive pressure began to force Wolverine turnovers, and the Bearcats put together a 16-0 run to race to a 30-13 advantage before Aaron Jackson’s putback with 1:12 left stopped the streak.
The Bearcats continued to sizzle in the third period, racking up 33 points to build a 65-31 lead entering the final eight minutes.
Scoring: Jackson led Polk County with 11 points, with Damon Williams adding nine. Mackus Simpson, Vincent Twitty and Wayne Carson each finished with six points.
Littlejohn had four points, Avery Harden had three and Landen Bradley added two for the Wolverines.
Next up: R-S Central visits Polk County on Thursday, that game moved a day earlier from its original Friday slot.