Polk County’s Avery Harden takes aim at the basket during the fourth quarter of Monday’s game

Second-quarter spurt propels Mountain Heritage JVs past Polk

Mountain Heritage closed the second quarter with a 21-3 run Monday and went on to hand Polk County a 66-34 setback in a boys junior varsity basketball matchup at Polk.

The Cougars held a double-digit lead at the end of the first period, but the Wolverines fought back and took an 18-17 lead midway through the second period.

Polk trailed just 23-20 after a Landen Bradley basket, but Mountain Heritage closed the quarter with 15 straight points in the final 2:02, building a 38-20 advantage at the half.

The Wolverines opened the third period with a Vincent Twitty basket to cut the deficit to 16, but that would be as close as Polk would get the remainder of the night.

Mackus Simpson led Polk County with 14 points, with Lawson Carter adding six and Antonio Simpson scoring five.

Wayne Carson had three points, with Avery Harden, Twitty and Bradley each scoring two.

Polk County’s JVs end their season with a 4-3 record.

Polk’s Mackus Simpson fights to get past a Mountain Heritage defender during the second half of Monday’s matchup