Polk County's Sarah Gray scores in action earlier this season

A nightmarish start spoiled Polk County’s hopes for a win Tuesday as the Wolverines dropped a a 51-28 decision in Mountain Foothills 7 Conference girls basketball action at Hendersonville.

The Bearcats improved to 4-5 overall, 2-0 in league play. The Wolverines dropped to 5-4, 1-1.

How it happened: Hendersonville scored the game’s first 28 points, building the advantage into the second quarter before Polk County scored on a Kylie Lewis basket in the paint.

The Bearcats extended the lead to 44-4 at the half as Polk County, playing without injured second-leading scorer Mia Bradley, struggled to find points.

The Wolverines did close the game with a 12-0 run and kept Hendersonville from scoring in the final eight minutes.

Scoring: Bailey Staton led Polk County with 15 points, with Jayden Duncan scoring five. Charley Dusenbury and Lewis each scored four.

Next up: Polk County will travel Dec. 30 to T.C. Roberson for a non-conference game.