Seniors carry Polk to victory at Madison in season finale

An early double-digit deficit proved no problem Friday for Polk County.

The Wolverines fell behind 15-3 in the first quarter, but stormed back for a 42-31 win at Madison in Western Highlands Conference girls basketball action.

Polk County ends its season at 2-8 overall, 2-8 in WHC play. Madison finished 1-11, 1-9.

Polk fought back from its early deficit to force a 19-19 tie at halftime, then took command of the game in the third period.

Marissa Twitty had six points and Sara Muse hit a 3-pointer as the Wolverines surged to a 28-21 lead. Following a Madison basket, Muse hit two free throws and Emmie McDowell had a 3-pointer to give Polk a 33-23 advantage, that lead then 33-24 at the end of the quarter.

McDowell hit another three to open the fourth, but Madison responded with seven straight points to cut the lead to 36-31. That would be all the scoring for the Patriots, though. as Kaylin Jenkins hit a free throw, McDowell turned a steal into a Twitty layup, Muse hit a free throw and Twitty closed the scoring with a 17-foot jumper.

Six of Polk County’s seven seniors played in the game – Alana Jergenson was sidelined with an injury – and those seniors accounted for all the scoring. Muse had 14 points and Twitty had 13, with McDowell scoring eight.

Hall finished with four points, with Rachael Davis scoring two and Jenkins adding one.

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