Brandy Alm has had enough of being close enough.
Polk County has had its share of close losses this season and Wednesday proved no different, the Wolverines falling 43-34 to Robbinsville in their final home game of the regular season.
Robbinsville (13-7) had a 10-point lead with less than five minutes to play, but Polk County (6-14) began slowly whittling away the margin. Olivia Overholt hit a pair of baskets, Mariah Overholt added two free throws and Kristen Hall added two more foul shots as the Wolverines made it 36-34 with 1:02 to go.
Liz Ayers hit a free throw with a minute left to make it 37-34, but Polk grabbed the rebound as Ayers missed her second free throw and looked to craw closer. Talented Robbinsville freshman Yeikamarie Jimenez, though, picked off a Wolverine pass to spoil that plan.
Jimenez hit one free throw after the steal, then hit four more in the final 39 seconds to wrap up the win.
“We’re playing hard and never giving up,” Alm said. “We’re so close.”
Robbinsville took a 17-9 lead midway through the second period, but Hall responded with three straight baskets to make it a 17-15 game. Polk trailed by one as the half neared its end before Ayers drew a foul with 1.3 seconds left and hit two free throws to give Robbinsville a 21-18 lead at the break.
Knights guard Cambrie Lovin drilled a pair of 3-pointers in the opening minutes of the third period as Robbinsville surged to a 32-22 lead by the end of the quarter.
“We changed our defense up a little bit when they hit those threes,” Alm said. “And we started boxing out, which made a difference and gave us some second chance shots.”
Hall finished with 12 points and five rebounds to lead Polk County, with Olivia Overholt adding 10 points and six rebounds. Tori Thompson hit a pair of 3-pointers in the first quarter for her six points, with Mariah Overholt adding four points and five rebounds and Sara Muse scoring two points.
Polk County travels Friday to face Mitchell in a Western Highlands Conference battle.