Polk County’s Wesley Royster

Second-half rally helps ferry Polk County past Avery

Polk County rallied from a 11-point halftime deficit Friday, storming back to defeat Avery 59-50 in a Western Highlands Conference matchup in Newland.

The Wolverines (4-0, 3-0) continued their best start in 13 years with the second-half rally. Avery dropped to 0-4, 0-2.

The Vikings hit five 3-pointers in the first half, with senior Silas Barinowski hitting three and scoring 20 points in the first two quarters as Avery built a 31-20 advantage at the break.

But the Wolverines held Barinowski scoreless in the third period and began to rally, getting points from five players in the third quarter and rallying to within one, 40-39, by period’s end.

Shaq Wingo made certain that comeback would reach a winning conclusion. The senior scored all 10 of his points in the fourth quarter as Polk County took the lead and claimed the win.

Dominique Carson led Polk with 21 points, with Chan Barber scoring eight. Brett Bagwell finished with six points, with Bryson Edwards adding five and Wesley Royster scoring four.

Kris Littlejohn scored three points, with Kanye Staley adding two.

Polk County returns home Tuesday to host Mitchell in another WHC clash.