Defense carries Polk to WHC victory at Madison

Polk County’s third-quarter defense paved the way Tuesday for the Wolverines to upend Madison, 50-40, in a Western Highlands Conference girls basketball clash in Marshall.

The Wolverines (10-1, 2-0) snapped an eight-game losing streak dating back to 2015 against the Patriots (2-11, 0-1). Polk County also reached double digits in wins for the first time since that 2014-15 season.

The Wolverines led 27-23 at halftime, but held Madison to just four points in the third period, building a 43-27 lead by the end of the quarter.

Olivia Overholt had 18 points and five rebounds for Polk County, with Emmie McDowell scoring eight points and Tori Thompson adding seven. Kristen Hall also had seven points and added nine rebounds.

Sara Muse finished with six points, with Rachael Davis and Marissa Twitty each scoring two.

Polk County is at home Wednesday for a non-conference meeting with Pinnacle Classical Academy. The game is set to tip off at 6 p.m.

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