Polk County's Jayden Duncan powers to the basket in the Wolverines' game earlier this month against Landrum

LANDRUM – With Landrum out to a big lead against Polk County on Monday night, Wolverines’ coach Brandy Alm told her team to put the score out of their minds and focus on what they could control.

While the outcome was an 80-49 loss to the Cardinals, some of what Alm saw down the stretch was encouraging for Polk County.

“We did a great job breaking the press,” Alm said. “We moved the ball a lot better. There were several times we made six or seven passes and got a wide-open shot. There were a lot of things to build on.”

One of those was an outstanding fourth quarter from Bailey Staton and Kylie Lewis. Staton scored 12 of her game-high 18 in the fourth quarter, while Lewis scored seven of her 12 in the frame. 

Alm was happy to see some strong inside play by Lewis and the Wolverines’ other posts against a talented Landrum (9-1) squad.

“Kylie, I think, was a little frustrated,” Alm said. “She was making such good moves, and the shots just weren’t going. But they all did such a good job, especially in the high post, looking to see if they could find a better shot. They could have settled for jump shots, but they chose not to because they were looking for better shots.

“Kylie didn’t stop. She continued to do the little things she knows how to do in the post, and she didn’t stop. That paid off in the end.”

More importantly for the Wolverines (3-4), Alm said she saw effort to the very end.

“In the huddle, I think it was during the third quarter, I told them the score wasn’t important,” she said. “We were playing for pride. Just continue to do the fundamental things that you know how to do. And when you’re down big, that’s hard. But they didn’t quit. There’s not any quit in them.”