Polk County's Tori Thompson battles an R-S Central defender in a matchup earlier this season

The week ahead could be a big one for Polk County’s girls basketball team.

The Wolverines are currently in second place in the Mountain Foothills 7 Conference, leading R-S Central by a half-game. Polk sits at 11-5 overall, 6-3 in league play, with the Hilltoppers at 10-12, 6-4.

Polk has home games this week with Chase, East Rutherford and Brevard while R-S Central hosts Hendersonville and Chase.

The top two teams in the MF7 earn automatic 2A playoff berths, so the battle for second place is important.

If the two teams finish the week tied, then the MF7 postseason tournament will determine the automatic qualifier. As the 2 and 3 seeds, Polk County and R-S Central would be on track to meet in the semifinals, and that game would determine the second qualifier.

According to Polk County athletic director DeShane Briscoe, tournament seeding for tied teams will be broken first by overall record. That would favor the Polk girls and would probably match them with Chase in the first round. The third seed will likely play Patton, Brevard or Hendersonville.

The Wolverines currently sit 20th in the NCHSAA RPI standings that determine playoff wild cards and seedings, so Polk should earn a wild-card berth even if the Wolverines miss the automatic spot.

The Polk County boys currently sit 38th in the RPI standings and will likely need to either win a couple of games this week or win the league’s postseason tournament in order to have a shot at a playoff berth.

Polk County will host Chase on Monday, with action starting at 5:30 p.m. The Wolverines will celebrate Senior Night during the evening.

Current MF7 girls and boys standings:

East Rutherford 20-0, 9-0
Polk County 11-5, 6-3
R-S Central 10-12, 6-4
Brevard 6-10, 4-5
Hendersonville 7-13, 4-5
Patton 3-15, 3-6
Chase 1-14, 0-9

R-S Central 20-2, 10-0
Hendersonville 20-1, 8-1
Patton 12-6, 6-3
Brevard 6-9, 4-5
East Rutherford 3-16, 2-7
Chase 3-16, 2-7
Polk County 6-11, 0-9