Polk County Middle's Reeve Carroll leads a fast break during the fourth quarter of Thursday's game

Polk Middle girls race away late to subdue Apple Valley

Apple Valley put together a third-quarter run Thursday, cutting what had been a double-digit lead for Polk County Middle to just four points.

The Wolverines answered with quite a rally of their own.

Polk Middle responded to that surge by scoring 23 of the game’s final 27 points, pulling away for a 48-25 victory in a Blue Ridge Conference East Division battle at Polk.

The Wolverines improved to 6-2 overall and a perfect 6-0 in East Division play, owning a two-game lead in the division with four games remaining. Apple Valley dropped to 1-5.

Cate Brown’s 3-pointer just before the third-period buzzer lifted Polk to a 30-21 edge. The Wolverines then relied on their rebounding and defensive pressure to continue to build the margin in the fourth quarter.

Kaylynne Holbert and Jayden Duncan opened the fourth with baskets off putbacks before Duncan scored on a nice pass from Bailey Staton on a fast break for a 36-21 edge.

Staton hit a jumper, and Brown scored on another fast break to make it 40-21 midway through the period and put the Wolverines firmly in control.

Polk Middle scored the game’s first six points and built its advantage to double digits early in the second quarter. The Wolverines led 21-12 at the half.

Duncan had 14 points to lead Polk Middle, with Staton scoring 11. Holbert and Brown each had six points, with Leah Dotson adding four.

Beija Olivari scored three points, with Charley Dusenbury and Reeve Carroll each adding two.

Polk Middle returns to action on Monday, traveling to Hendersonville Middle for another East Division clash.