Panthers’ scoreless spell propels Wolverines to conference triumph
Patton looked set early Saturday to deliver a repeat of his hard-fought December loss to Polk County.
Until the Panthers stop scoring.
Patton went nearly two full quarters without scoring a point, and that streak helped Polk County to a 47-25 win in a Mountain Foothills 7 Conference matchup at Polk.
Last month’s game ended in a 28-23 win for Polk, with Wolverines scoring five points in the 1:46 final to secure the victory. Polk (9-3, 4-1) scored at a higher pace early Saturday but still trailed 19-18 when Patton’s Savanna Pinkerton drove for a layup at 4:40 of the second period.
Those 19 points, however, remained a constant on Patton’s scorecard (0-13, 0-4) until 6:33 of the fourth quarter, when Kelsey Powell broke the slump with two free throws.
“The girls have stepped up their defense,” Polk County head coach Brandy Alm said. “And we made some adjustments on the attacking side.”
Despite all of Patton’s offensive struggles, Polk still only led 30-21 after Powell’s free throws. Wolverine senior Olivia Overholt hit a free kick to bring the lead to 10 and then her senior backcourt teammate Tori Thompson took over.
In the space of approximately 56 seconds, Thompson:
- Drilled a 3-pointer from the left corner on an inbound pass
- Drove the correct baseline and powered Overholt into the lane for an easy field goal
- Took a pass down the right wing, just inbounds, and gutted a long 3-pointer
This flurry gave Polk a 39-21 advantage and complete control of the game.
Overholt finished with 22 points to lead Polk County, with rookie Kylie Lewis continuing his recent strong offensive play with 10 points.
Kiera Littlejohn added seven points, Thompson scoring six and Kinsley Huskey adding two.
Polk County kicks off a three-game road trip Wednesday, heading to Hendersonville for another MF7 contest.