Polk varsity girls trample Thomas Jefferson, lose to Avery

Published 6:55pm Thursday, February 7, 2013

Polk vs. Avery

After the easy win over Thomas Jefferson Tuesday night Polk came to an unusual Wednesday night contest against Avery (rescheduled due to weather) with a record of 5-6. Thus this was a pivotal game as the schedule winds down. Avery is tied with Mountain Heritage for the conference lead at 10-1, so the Lady Wolverines had their work cut out for them.

Polk County almost scored a major win leading 21-20 at halftime, but Avery started hitting its 3-pointers in the second half, going on a 25-14 tear in the final period to win 55-42.

“We played tough the first half and stayed right with them and then they started pressing us and we made a lot of turn overs,” said PCHS Coach Craig Culbreth. “We usually handle a press pretty well. They (Avery) are such a good 3-point shooting team, you leave them open and they hit them. They had five 3-pointers.”

Polk especially had trouble with Kelsie Clark late in the game.

“We held her to 6 points for the first three quarters and then she had 13 in the fourth,” Culbreth said.

For Polk (11-11, 5-7), Kara Overholt was the only player in double digits with 12 points. Clarke led Avery (17-5, 11-1) with 19 points, 13 of which came in the fourth quarter. Avery’s Lauren Burleson, who hit two 3-pointers in the fourth, finished with 14 points overall.

The Lady Wolverines play at Owen Friday in a game that will have major playoff implications.

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