Polk County Middle had a plan Thursday – and it very nearly produced a key Blue Ridge Conference win.
The Wolverines led Apple Valley for much of the day before falling 35-29 to the Knights in a girls basketball matchup in Hendersonville.
Polk County Middle (2-6) ran a triangle-and-two defense, targeting Apple Valley’s top two players, and disrupted the Knights (6-2). But Apple Valley rallied late and pulled out the home win.
“We controlled the whole game and limited their great post player and best shooter and they were not much of a factor in the first half,” said Polk Middle head coach Brian Taylor. “I’m so proud of my girls for the effort and the heart they showed.
“We gelled and played as a team. We just fell short at the end.”
Mia Bradley and Sophia Overholt each scored six points to lead the Wolverines, with Bailey Staton, Gavionna Carson and Kylie Lewis each scoring four points. Paige Griffin and Brianna Gray each had two points.
Polk Middle returns to the road on Monday, traveling to Hendersonville Middle.