Free throws help fuel Madison’s upset of Polk girls

Madison found a path to an upset win Thursday – running right through the foul line.

The Patriots spent most of the evening at the free-throw stripe and did enough damage there for a 64-51 Western Highlands Conference victory over Polk County in girls basketball action at Polk.

Madison (3-15, 1-4) shot 43 free throws, including 27 in the fourth quarter, and scored 23 points at the line. The Patriots also hit eight 3-pointers, with Leah Sawyer hitting four as part of her 17-point effort.

Nakalia Marler led Madison with 22 points.

The Patriots held a 26-25 advantage at half, then built the lead to six entering the fourth quarter. The Patriots were 16-of-27 at the free-throw line in the final quarter to secure the victory.

Polk County (12-4, 3-3) struggled to generate consistent offense against Madison’s physical defense. Olivia Overholt had 16 points to lead the Wolverines, with Marissa Twitty scoring 13 points and grabbing 11 rebounds before suffering an injury in the fourth quarter.

Kristen Hall had 10 points and 10 rebounds, with Sara Muse scoring six points and Kaylin Jenkins adding four. Emmie McDowell added two points for the Wolverines, with Tori Thompson recording five assists.

Polk County continues WHC play on Tuesday, traveling to Owen.

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