Hilltoppers nip Wolverines in conference tournament semifinal

For now, Polk County’s girls basketball team is in wait-and-see mode.

The Wolverines dropped a 48-45 decision Wednesday to R-S Central in the semifinals of the Mountain Foothills 7 Conference tourmanent in Rutherfordton. That win clinched the conference’s second playoff berth for the Hilltoppers (13-13), who finished tied for second with Polk during the regular season.

The Wolverines (13-8), though, should be in the field when the state 2A playoff brackets are announced on Saturday. Polk County currently sits 24th in RPI among 2A West schools and should earn an at-large berth.

Polk County trailed 29-22 at halftime, but rallied in the third period to even the score. The Wolverines led part of the fourth period, but R-S Central inched ahead in the final three minutes to seal the victory. The Hilltoppers scored nine of their 14 points in the fourth quarter at the foul line.

Olivia Overholt had 15 points to lead Polk, with Kylie Lewis adding 14 and Mia Bradley scoring 10.

Kinsley Huskey, Kiera Littlejohn and Gavionna Carson each added two points for the Wolverines. Polk County played without senior guard Tori Thompson, who missed the game due to an injury.

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