The Lady Falcons and Falcons will have plenty of motivation to return to the hardwood with a fury after the holiday break after a dropping pair of road loses to 3A South Pontotoc Friday night.
South Pontotoc 67 Ingomar 61 (B)
South Pontotoc led for much of the first half and by double digits early in the third quarter before Ingomar started chipping away at the lead with a 9-0 run before a Zach Carnell lay-up gave the Falcons a 39-38 lead with 3:40 left in the third quarter.
The two teams traded the lead back and forth until Johnathan Ware got an easy lay-up in to give the Cougars a 44-43 lead in the final seconds the end of the quarter.
Ingomar took a 52-49 lead on a Kensey Stout basket at the 6:22 mark, but Ware answered with a three-point basket to snap the momentum the Flacons had quickly built early in the final frame. Three straight baskets from Sean Walker gave South Pontotoc a 58-56 lead — one the Cougars would not relinquish for the remaining 2:53 of the ballgame.
Ware connected on one-of-two from the line to give the Cougars a 64-58 lead, but the Falcons made it a 64-61 game when Tyler McCay hit a three-pointer from the left wing with under a minute to play.
South Pontotoc had to take a timeout before a five-second violation on the inbounds play against the Ingomar press on the ensuing possession. Gary Lipsey put the game on ice by knocking down three out of four free throws in the final seconds of the game to give South the 67-61 victory.
“Most close games come down to the last three or four minutes of the game… South Pontotoc kicked it in while we stayed in second gear,” Coach Norris Ashley.
Carnell paced Ingomar with 21, Matt Purvis 16, Tyler McCay 7, Austin Owens 6, Clay Kidd 5, Tanner McCollum 4, and Stout added 2 points as the Falcons closes out the first half of the season with a 10-8 record.
Sean Walker scored a game-high 24 points for the Cougars who improved to 13-2 on the season.
South Pontotoc 65 Ingomar 50 (G)
Ingomar went into their game against the Lady Cougars without leading scorer Maggie Cobb, but it was a dismal shooting performance that ultimately was the deciding factor in the Lady Falcons 65-50 loss to South Pontotoc.
South took an 11-3 in the first quarter as they Lady Falcons struggled to find their rhythm offensively. They got things going in the second quarter sparked by 12 second quarter points from Lyndi Kidd, but the Lady Cougars matched Ingomar shot for shot to take a 34-24 lead in at the half.
The Lady Cougars used their power of numbers by constantly substituting fresh faces into the game in the third frame to try to wear down the Lady Falcons, but the Ingomar kept battling despite being heavily out numbered. Unfortunately for Ingomar, the slow start to the game proved too much to overcome as South Pontotoc picked up the 65-50 win.
Kidd led the Lady Falcons with 17, Kayla Stevens 12, Claire Wise 10, Brittany Edwards 6, Shelly Grisham 3, and Shauna Grisham added 2 as Ingomar closes out the 2008 half of the season with a 6-12 record.
The Lady Falcons have a very deceiving .500 record as they have played an extremely tough schedule in preparation for the upcoming rigorous region play.
“The girls are committed to getting better,” Coach Richard Byrd. “They know we have lost to some tough teams, but all those games are getting us ready for the division… I really think playing teams like New Albany, Myrtle, New Site, and West Union has helped make us better.”
Ingomar will enjoy a long holiday break before returning to action at home for their region opener against Tremont on January 6 and will host Okolona on January 10 in a crucial region game for both the Lady Falcons and Falcons.