Published 5:43 pm Thursday, January 27, 2011

Polk's Samantha Deaver plays defense against Mountain Heritage on Friday night in a 44-37 loss. (photo by Joey Millwood)

The last time the Polk County girls basketball team faced Mountain Heritage, it wasn’t pretty.
Mountain Heritage handed the Lady Wolverines a 51-point loss. On Friday night, Jan. 21, the Lady Wolverines showed how far they’d come this season. This time on their home court, the Lady Wolverines played inspired defense, but couldn’t come up with enough offense in a 44-37 loss to the Lady Cougars.
“I thought we played great defense tonight,” head coach Craig Culbreth said after the game.
The Lady Wolverines definitely showed improvement.
A big part of that improvement was handling Mountain Heritage’s tough, pressure-oriented defense.
Offensively, the Lady Wolverines were led by Jamie Hrobak with eight points. Brittany Phipps scored seven points. Savannah Deaver added six points.
The troubles on offense for the Lady Wolverines came in the paint.
“We’re having problems hitting our easy inside shots,” Culbreth said.
With a little more offense on Friday night, the Lady Wolverines were very close to pulling off an upset, which looks like they are miles away from the 51-point loss earlier in the season.