East Henderson took advantage of Polk County’s offensive struggles in the first half Tuesday to build an 11-point halftime lead en route to a 43-24 win over the Wolverines in the season opener for both teams at Polk.

The Eagles (1-0) opened a 17-6 lead at the half as Polk County managed just one free throw in a nine-minute block spanning the second and third quarters. A basket by Ansley Lynch at the 7:30 mark of the second quarter cut East Henderson’s lead to 7-5, but the Wolverines would only get a Karli Wood free throw until the 6:10 mark of the third period, when Autumn Owen hit a 15-foot jumper.

Up 20-8 at that point, East Henderson would never let its lead dip below double digits.

Owen had 10 points, six steals and five rebounds to lead the Wolverines, with Lynch adding six points. Ava Marino added four rebounds.

The Wolverines continue non-conference play on Tuesday, traveling to Landrum.

Polk County scoring: Autumn Owen 10, Ansley Lynch 6, Kiri Ashley 2, Karli Wood 2, Anna McFadden 2, Ava Marino 2

EAST JV GIRLS WIN: East Henderson spoiled the coaching debut of Polk County’s Amber Thompson with a 13-6 win over the Wolverines.

Taylor Newton had four points and Makayla Staley added two for Polk County.

WOLVERINE WRESTLERS SWEPT: Polk County’s wrestling team dropped a pair of non-conference matches in a tri-match at North Henderson.

With a number of potential wrestlers not in action after moving over from football, the Wolverines dropped a 71-9 decision to North Buncombe and a 78-4 decision to North Henderson.

Tristan Watkins went 2-0 for the night, winning decisions in both matches in the 113-pound class. Brennan Worthington earned a forfeit win at 120 pounds against North Buncombe for the Wolverines’ other points.

Polk County wrestlers are slated to compete Saturday in the Knight Invitational at North Henderson before hosting Landrum on Tuesday at 5 p.m.

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