Hayesville holds off Polk rally, claims 45-43 playoff win

Polk County’s season came to an end in heartbreaking fashion Tuesday, the Wolverines suffering a 45-43 loss at Hayesville in the opening round of the state 1A girls basketball playoffs.

The Wolverines end their season with a 15-9 record. Hayesville improves to 16-12 and will travel Thursday to face No. 2 seed Alleghany.

It marked the second straight close playoff loss for Polk County, with the Wolverines falling in overtime last year at Lincoln Charter in the first round.

In a close game throughout, Hayesville took a 28-23 lead entering the fourth quarter, and extended that lead to eight points with some two minutes remaining. Polk County, though, fought back to within two, and had a final shot to tie just before the buzzer that failed to drop.

Hayesville went 12-of-17 at the foul line in the fourth quarter to help preserve the win.

Olivia Overholt had 18 points to lead Polk County, with Marissa Twitty scoring nine and Tori Thompson adding eight. Sara Muse scored four points, with Emmie McDowell scoring three and Kristen Hall adding one.

Lizzy Brusini scored nine of her 17 points in the fourth quarter to lead Hayesville. Annie Brookes added 12 points.

Polk County’s Sara Muse applies defensive pressure (photo by Kelli Graves/Clay County Progress)

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