Polk County's Avery Hensley

Foul line effort propels Polk JVs to first win

A foul performance helped Polk County’s junior varsity deliver a fair result.

The Wolverines scored the majority of their points Tuesday at the free throw line, that effort keying a 36-29 victory over Owen that gave Polk its first win of the season.

Polk County (1-2) finished 20-of-33 at the foul line to secure the win.

The Wolverines held a 30-26 lead with 1:05 to go when Khristian Littlejohn hit a pair of free throws to boost the advantage to six. Nolan Simpson stole the ball from an Owen player following the inbounds pass, drew a foul and hit another free throw to up the lead to 33-26.

Owen (0-6) cut the deficit to five with 44 seconds left and had a chance to perhaps draw closer, but a Warhorse player grabbed a missed free throw and scored on Polk’s end to return the seven-point advantage and end the Warhorses’ comeback hopes.

Littlejohn had 11 points to lead Polk County, with Karlen McEntyre scoring seven, all on free throws. Lorenzo Sanchez had six points, Simpson had five and Avery Hensley finished with four.

Khalil Austin added one point for the Wolverines, who are back in action on Friday, hosting Highland Tech for a 5 p.m. tipoff.