No points in the first quarter. No points in the third quarter.
That’s the type of defensive effort that will win most basketball games..
Such proved true Monday for Polk County Middle, the Wolverines holding Flat Rock scoreless for the equivalent of a half in taking a 39-20 Blue Ridge Conference East Division home victory.
At 1-9, the Eagles figured to be challenged to slow the Wolverines, now 8-2 and tied for the East Division lead. Polk Middle made certain of that with its trademark aggressive defense, holding the Eagles scoreless until the 5:01 mark of the second quarter.
By then, the Wolverines held an 18-0 lead, with four different Polk players scoring in that run.
Flat Rock did fight back to within 13 points at the half, trailing 22-9. But the Wolverines repeated their first-quarter dominance in the third period, with five players scoring in a 14-0 effort that gave Polk a 36-9 lead entering the fourth.
That allowed head coach Michelle Fagan to play her entire roster in the final period, giving the Wolverine starters a bit of a break ahead of Thursday’s home game against Brevard Middle.
Amiyah Waters led Polk Middle with 11 points, with Honesty Jackson scoring nine. Sofie Abrahamsen and Reeve Carroll each added seven points, with Jill Brown and Minda McComas each scoring two and Amber Chupp adding one.