Polk girls steamroll Veritas in final tuneup for conference schedule

Polk County handled its final tuneup for conference play much as it has all of its non-conference schedule this season.

The Wolverines romped Thursday to a 65-12 victory over Veritas Christian Academy, holding the Warriors to just seven points over the final three quarters.

Polk improved to 8-1 with the victory in its final game before its Western Highlands Conference opener on Jan. 3 against Avery.

“When we play teams like Mountain Heritage and Mitchell, obviously that’s going to be a real test to kind of gauge where we are,” said Polk County head coach Brandy Alm. “I’m excited to see where we stand within our conference this year.”

Polk relied on a formula that has become its trademark this season to quickly pull away from Veritas (3-2). The Warriors trailed just 12-5 late in the first period, but the Wolverine defense began to force turnovers that became layups on the other end.

Polk scored the final seven points of the first period, closing with layups from Alana Jergenson and Olivia Overholt, then began to steadily pull away in the second period. The Wolverines held a 39-10 lead at halftime and didn’t let Veritas score in the second half until the final minute of the fourth quarter, by which time Polk had a number of its junior varsity players on the floor.

The aggressive defense is exactly what Alm has wanted to see from her squad.

“I want us to make better passes, fewer turnovers, control the boards a little bit better on the defensive end and eliminate more second chance shots,” she said. “But as far as defensively goes, I feel like we are creating offense through our defense.

“I feel like we’ve played hard and I think we’ve grown every single game, which is exactly what I wanted. We’ve experimented with different defenses and things like that. We’re moving along at the pace that I want. The third (against Avery) will be our test.”

Overholt finished with 15 points, with Marissa Twitty scoring 14. Sara Muse finished with nine points, with Jergenson and Tori Thompson each scoring seven. Kristen Hall had six points, with Rachael Davis scoring five and Emily Prince adding two.

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