Mountain Heritage tops both Wolverine teams in WHC basketball Monday

Published 5:32 pm Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Making just 38 percent of field goal attempts is not a good way to win basketball games.

That was Polk County’s varsity men’s story, as the Wolverines fell to Mountain Heritage, 73-59, on Monday, Feb. 1, at Burnsville. Count the Cougars’ defense as a major factor.

This Friday evening, the Wolverines host Owen.

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Going into Wednesday’s game against visiting Brevard, the Wolverines were 5-15 overall, and 3-7 in Western Highlands Conference play. Mountain Heritage, a very good WHC team, upped its record to 13-6 and 8-2, respectively.

At Mountain Heritage, Polk’s Jamal Wheeler led all scorers with 32 points, including six three-pointers. Dillon Overholt added 13 for Polk, while the Cougars’ Job Kennedy fired in 24.

Polk’s women fared no better at Burnsville on Monday, as the Cougars won, 71-55.

Polk outscored Mountain Heritage, 14-9, in the second quarter, but, unfortunately, the Wolverines had the misfortune of meeting the Western Highlands Conference leaders, as the Cougars moved to 18-1 overall and 10-0 in the WHC.

The Cougars stopped the Wolverines, but were unable to stop Hayley Kropp, who poured in 33 points. Autumn Owen added a dozen for Polk.

Polk is scheduled to host non-conference Brevard Wednesday evening.

Coach Brandy Alm’s Wolverines host WHC rival Owen this Friday evening. Tip off is set for 6:30, with the men’s game to follow.

Next Tuesday, Polk’s men and women’s teams visit Hendersonville.