It wasn’t an afternoon of much suspense Thursday for Polk County Middle’s girls basketball team.
The Wolverines raced to a 15-0 advantage that set the stage for a 33-16 victory over Apple Valley Middle in a matchup of Blue Ridge Conference East Division teams.
Polk Middle (2-1) wasted no time from the opening tip in working the ball inside to Sofie Abrahamsen, who scored the Wolverines’ first six points in just more than a minute.
Reeve Carroll followed with a 3-pointer, and she and Abrahamsen combined for all 15 points in the opening spurt, finally interrupted when Apple Valley’s Kyla Motley hit a 3-pointer just before the end of the quarter.
The Knights (1-2) allowed a basket to Jill Brown to open the second quarter, then cooled off the Polk offense, closing to within 17-7 by halftime. Apple Valley scored the first basket of the third quarter to make it 17-9.
But Abrahamsen responded with a basket than began a 10-2 Polk run, with Brown, Carroll and Amiyah Waters all scoring in the rally that gave the Wolverines a 27-11 edge by the end of the quarter.
Honesty Jackson canned a short jumper to open the fourth quarter and complete the run that took away any hopes that Apple Valley had of a big comeback.
Defense again proved key for Polk Middle, with the Wolverines not allowing more than six points in any quarter.
Abrahamsen finished with 12 points to lead Polk Middle, with Carroll adding nine. Brown had four points, with Waters, Jackson, Kenzie Alm and Minda McComas each scoring two points.
The Wolverines will hit the road on Monday, traveling to Hendersonville Middle to face the division-leading Bearcats.