Bearcats race past Wolverines for conference triumph

Published 10:51 am Monday, January 8, 2024

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Malachi Simpson sparked Hendersonville’s high-octane offense Friday, pouring in 34 points to lead the Bearcats to an 85-43 victory at Polk County in Mountain Foothills 7 Conference play.

Simpson had 11 first-quarter points and 23 in the first half as the Bearcats (9-3, 2-0) raced to a 56-25 halftime lead. The 6-6 junior had three 3-pointers and a handful of dunks in his game-leading scoring.

Aaron Jackson and Gunnar Alm led Polk County (2-10, 0-2) with 10 points, with Antonio Simpson adding nine. Avery Harden finished with eight points, with Lawson Carter, Nolan Simpson and Khristian Littlejohn each adding two.

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Polk County continues its current four-game homestand on Tuesday as R-S Central visits for another set of conference games.