Polk County's Wayne Carson soars for a slam dunk during the second half of Thursday's game

Polk County never trailed Thursday, getting a balanced scoring effort in a 62-42 home victory over North Carolina School of Science & Math-Morganton.

The Wolverines improved to 2-0 with the non-conference win over the Dragons (1-1), playing just the second game in school history.

How they did it: Polk County raced to a 13-0 lead in the first quarter, two 3-pointers by Kris Littlejohn fueling the early surge.

The Wolverines pushed the advantage to 22-4 in the second quarter before NCSSM-M rallied, with Lawson Taylor scoring nine of his 11 points in the period to help the Dragons pull within 25-17 at the half.

A Littlejohn basket and Antonio Simpson’s breakaway dunk helped spark Polk to a 10-0 run to open the third quarter, the Wolverines building a 35-18 lead late in the quarter and taking command of the game.

Scoring: Simpson and Littlejohn each scored 14 points to lead Polk, with Aaron Jackson adding eight.

Khalil Watley, Wayne Carson and Gunnar Alm each scored five, with Vincent Twitty, Mackus Simpson and Avery Harden each adding three and Landen Bradley finishing with two points.

Next up: Polk County travels Friday to Landrum (3-1) as the two schools renew their border series.

Polk County’s Khalil Watley soars through the lane for a basket during second-half action in Thursday’s win