Ingomar ran the final play to perfection as Maggie Cobb nailed a three-pointer at the buzzer, but unfortunately for the Lady Falcons, DiDi Miller took care of business from the free throw line a few seconds earlier to give the Calhoun City Lady Wildcats a four-point advantage that led to the crucial 53-52 division victory.
Cobb started the game shooting the lights out connecting on three three-pointers in the first quarter, but fouls mounted up against the Lady Falcons late in the quarter to allow Calhoun City to close on a 6-0 run to make it an 18-10 game in favor of Ingomar at the end of the first quarter.
The Lady Cats rallied in the second to tie the game at 28-28 by halftime before Ingomar (9-17, 3-2) outscored Calhoun City 12-11 in the third quarter to take a 40-39 lead into the fourth quarter.
The two division powers battled their way back-and-forth throughout the final frame before Miller drew a foul in the winding seconds of the contest and buried a pair of free throws to give Calhoun City a 53-49 lead with 6.4 seconds left on the clock.
Ingomar quickly moved the ball up the floor to Cobb coming off a screen to nail a deep three-pointer from the wing just before the buzzer, but in the end missed free throws down the stretch would ultimately come back to haunt the Lady Falcons in the one-point loss.
Cobb scored a game-high 21 connecting on five three-pointer on the night. Brittany Edwards scored 11 points and grabbed 11 rebounds while Lyndi Kidd scored 7, Shelly Grisham 6, Claire Wise 5, and Kayla Stevens added 2 points.
Ebony Williams led City with 16, Miller 13, and Yasmine Pulliam added 11 points.
Ingomar shot 8-of-20 from the free throw line while Calhoun City went 13-of-23 connecting on their final six attempts of the game.
The Lady Wildcats lock in the number one seed with the victory while Ingomar moves to 3-2 inside division play and into in a three-way tie with Houlka and Okolona for second, third, and fourth places with two division games left to play against Smithville and Vardaman.
Calhoun City 68 (B)
Coach Ashley has been in the business long enough to know playing a tough non-division schedule will eventually come around to help you in crucial division games and such was the case for Ingomar against Calhoun City this past Tuesday night.
“When they went man-to-man and started getting real physical with us we had been exposed to that the past few days against Ripley and New Albany so I guess those games prepared us for that,” Coach Norris Ashley said.
The Flacons outscored Calhoun City 30-18 in the second quarter to take a 40-27 lead at the break after an extremely long first half as both teams were whistled for a combined 33 fouls.
Calhoun City got things going in the third quarter to cut the Flacons led down to 52-46, but Ingomar took care of the ball much better in the final frame while connecting on free throws to hold on for the 7-point victory.
“We have a tendency of making turnovers and fortunately we didn’t make enough to get us beat, but we made enough to make it close… free throws gives you a chance to win and if you don’t hit them you lose and we have lost a few games from the free throw line this year,” Ashley.
Matt Purvis led all scorers with 23, Zach Carnell came back off an illness to score 21, Stephen Foster 9, Clay Kidd 8, Tanner McCollum 7, Austin Owens 5, and Tyler McCay scored 2 for the Falcons.
Demarcus Howard scored 17 and Dominique Cook added 13 for the Wildcats.
Tuesday Ingomar will travel to Calhoun County to take on Vardaman to close out division play against a pair of very dangerous teams in the Lady Rams and Rams on Tuesday before closing out the season on Friday with Senior Night against Myrtle.
A win on the road against Vardaman will lock the Flacons in as the number two seed in the region.