Avery pulled away in the third quarter Friday night, taking advantage of Polk County’s foul trouble to hand the Wolverines a 52-39 loss in Western Highlands Conference girls basketball play in Newland.
Down three points at halftime, the Wolverines were hampered midway through the third period when leading scorer Hayley Kropp picked up her fourth foul. The Vikings capitalized to take the win and rebound from Thursday’s loss at Hendersonville.
Avery improved to 12-9,5-4 with the win. Polk County dropped to 8-11, 3-6.
Kropp had 24 points, 11 rebounds and seven steals to lead Polk. Ansley Lynch added eight points and eight rebounds, Alana Seay had five points and Bella Marino had two.
Avery boys roll to victory
Avery raced to a 43-20 halftime lead and went on to hand Polk County an 83-53 defeating Western Highlands Conference boys basketball action in Newland.
The Vikings (18-3, 9-0) were led by Jacob Waldrop, who scored 16 points to lead four Avery players in double figures.
Wes Mullis and Jamal Wheeler each scored 18 points to lead Polk County, which next travels to Mountain Heritage on Monday in another WHC game.
Watkins, Calvert crack top four
Polk County wrestlers Dustin Calvert and Triston Watkins each earned top-four finishes in the Western Highlands Conference wrestling tournament at Madison.
Calvert, returning from injury, placed third in the 160-pound class. Watkins earned a fourth-place at 106.
Polk County wrestlers will find out this week who has qualified for the 2A West Regional tournament set for next weekend.