Owen used a three-point play with 1.7 seconds remaining Wednesday to earn a 75-74 win over Polk County in a key Western Highlands Conference game in Swannanoa.

The Warhorses (9-9, 4-3) kept sole possession of third place in the WHC with the win and moved two games ahead of the Wolverines and Hendersonville in the race for the league’s second automatic playoff berth.

Polk County dropped to 5-13, 3-5 with the loss. The Wolverines travel Friday to face WHC leader Avery.

Down by nine at the end of the first quarter, Polk County rallied and grabbed a 54-48 lead entering the fourth.

After Owen’s late heroics, Polk had a chance to win the game rim out at the buzzer. Polk County won its game Tuesday with Mitchell on a last-second basket.

Jamal Wheeler scored 20 points to lead the Wolverines, with Wes Mullis adding 17 and Dillion Overholt scoring 10. Polk also got seven points from Holden Owens, six from Jaymes Wingo and five from Davis Derkach.

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