Polk basketball suffers end of season losses

Published 3:26 pm Monday, March 2, 2015

After improving through the 2014/15 season, Polk County High School’s varsity men’s and women’s basketball teams fell in their most recent games in the state playoff tournament.

Snow and ice combined to disrupt the scheduled post-season format, cancelling Western Highlands Conference tournament games for both squads.

Coach Brandy Alm’s women’s team did get to defeat Newton-Conover on Feb. 24, but fell to Mountain Heritage at Burnsville, 60-42, on Saturday, Feb. 28.

Sign up for our daily email newsletter

Get the latest news sent to your inbox

Polk’s men, under Josh McEntire, had defeated Hendersonville in a furiously-played regular-season contest on Feb. 10, and then edged Brevard in a non-conference game on Feb. 11.

With their WHC tournament opener against Hendersonville postponed and then cancelled, the Wolverines never played another opponent until Feb. 27, when they lost to West Wilkes, 64-46, in the opening round of the state tournament.

At Mountain Heritage, Coach Alm’s Wolverines led, 16-10 after the first quarter, but the Cougars outscored Polk, 12-4 in the second period, to lead 22-20, at the half. Mountain Heritage surged ahead further, with a 21-10 third-quarter advantage.

Polk’s women finished the season at 17-9 overall, while the men rallied to a 6-6 WHC record.