Polk girls unable to hold off Mitchell in second half

Published 5:24 pm Monday, January 7, 2013

Kara Overholt in action against Mitchell was the leading scorer for Polk and had eight rebounds. (photo by Fulton Hampton)

The Lady Wolverines were looking for their first conference win of the season against the Mitchell Mountaineers this past Friday at home.

Polk held a 24-20 half time lead but was outscored in the second half 30-20, resulting in a disappointing 50-44 loss. Although overmatched by size, Polk took advantage through the quickness of their pressure defense leading to numerous steals in the first half. Freshman Haley Kropp led Polk in the first quarter with 6 points.  Kara Overholt provided most of the second quarter scoring with 9 points. Overholt had 16 points along with 9 rebounds for the game to lead Polk.

Coming out cold in the second half, Polk was outscored 15-7 in the third quarter with Mitchell taking a 35 -31 lead.

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“We came out flat and only scored 7 points, which was probably the difference in the game,” Coach Craig Culbreth said.

Further summarizing the game, he said, “(We) Did not shoot the ball very well and we could not handle their big girl No. 32; they had two big girls that keep getting inside on us.”

Those two players accounted for more than half of Mitchell’s points.

Game Stats:

Mitchell: 10; 10; 15; 15;— 50

Polk County: 9;  15;  7;  13;— 44

Polk — Kara Overholt 16, Katie Ruff 9, Haley Kropp 9, Savannah Deaver 6, Shalyn Brown 4

Mitchell — Monique Anderson 10, Sarah Robinson 13, Caitlin Blevins 15, Duncan 2, Bailey 4, Spurling 6.

Polk is now 6-7 overall and 0-3 in conference. Next game is tonight at Avery County. Polk is currently averaging 49.1 Points, 9.2 Assists, 3.6 Blocks, 31.9 Rebounds and 14.3 Steals per game, according to Max Preps.com.