Panthers’ scoreless spell boosts Wolverines to conference triumph

Patton seemed primed early Saturday to deliver a repeat of its nail-biting December loss to Polk County.

Until the Panthers stopped scoring.

Patton went almost two full quarters without a point, and that stretch helped lift Polk County to a 47-25 victory in a Mountain Foothills 7 Conference clash at Polk.

Last month’s matchup ended in a 28-23 win for Polk, the Wolverines scoring five points in the final 1:46 to secure that victory. Polk (9-3, 4-1) scored at a higher clip early Saturday, but still trailed 19-18 when Patton’s Savanna Pinkerton drove for a layup at the 4:40 mark of the second period.

Those 19 points, though, remained a constant on the scoreboard for Patton (0-13, 0-4) until the 6:33 mark of the fourth quarter, when Kelsey Powell broke the slump with two free throws.

“The girls stepped up defensively,” said Polk County head coach Brandy Alm. “And we made some adjustments on the offensive end.”

For all of Patton’s offensive struggles, Polk still led just 30-21 after Powell’s free throws. Wolverine senior Olivia Overholt hit a foul shot to boost the advantage back to 10, and then her senior backcourt mate, Tori Thompson, took over.

In a span of roughly 56 seconds, Thompson:

  • Drilled a 3-pointer from the left corner off an inbounds pass
  • Drove the right baseline and fed Overholt in the lane for an easy basket
  • Took a pass on the right wing, just inbounds, and drained a long 3-pointer

That flurry gave Polk a 39-21 advantage and full control of the game.

Overholt finished with 22 points to lead Polk County, with freshman Kylie Lewis continuing her recent strong offensive play with 10 points.

Kiera Littlejohn added seven points, with Thompson scoring six and Kinsley Huskey adding two.

Polk County kicks off a three-game road trip on Wednesday, traveling to Hendersonville for another MF7 contest.

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