Polk Middle's Amiyah Waters, left, and Sofie Abrahamsen helped lead the Wolverines into the Blue Ridge Conference tourney final

Playoff trips to Macon Middle School haven’t always worked out well for Polk County Middle athletic teams.

Perhaps Monday signals the start of a new era for Wolverine squads.

Polk Middle eliminated the defending Blue Ridge Conference champions from the league tournament, handing Macon Middle a 34-25 defeat in a girls basketball semifinal meeting in Franklin.

The Wolverines (12-2) advance to Wednesday’s championship game at Canton Middle. The Bears defeated Hendersonville Middle in the other semifinal.

Down 14-8 at the end of the first quarter, Polk Middle allowed Macon to score just 11 points in the final three periods. The Wolverines clung to a 21-20 lead entering the fourth period, then outscored the Panthers 13-5 in the final six minutes.

Jill Brown and Reeve Carroll each scored four points in the final quarter for Polk.

“It was incredible,” Polk Middle head coach Michelle Fagan said of the effort. “These girls believed.”

Carroll had 17 points to lead Polk Middle, with Sofie Abrahamsen scoring six points and Amiyah Waters scoring five. Brown finished with four points and Kenzie Alm added two.