Lady Falcons advance to division semifinals
Shooting lights out from three-point range, Ingomar defeated their county rival to advance to the semifinals of the Division 2-1A tournament on Tuesday, winning 44-31.
Kayla Stevens led the charge, hitting four triples in the first frame, helping the Lady Falcons build an early 9-0 lead. Ingomar hit 5-of-9 from behind the arc, but West Union kept it close, closing the gap to a 17-12 deficit at the end of the first frame.
The Lady Eagles went cold in the second and third quarters, only producing two points, while Ingomar used an 11-0 second to take a 28-12 halftime lead. In that stretch, Reid Little connected on three triples, finishing with 16 points in the game.
West Union’s first basket since the first quarter came at the 3:20 mark of the third, as Hannah McQuary hit a shot, making it 30-14.
The Lady Eagles outscored Ingomar 17-9 in the final frame, seven points from Danielle Taylor, but it was too little too late, as Ingomar advanced to the next round.
Stevens led Ingomar with 18 points, while Taylor and Alie Newby each led West Union with eight points.
Ingomar took on H.W. Byers in the semifinals of the division tournament.
Byers 78 West Union 43 (b)
What was a competitive match-up one week ago turned into a route with H.W. Byers ending West Union’s season in a 78-43 decision.
The Lions jumped ahead early, building a 6-0 lead before the Eagles hit their first basket. The shot by Zak Jumper would be the only one in the frame for West Union, who found themselves down 13-2 going into the second quarter.
In that next frame, Jimmy Russell hit two triples with the second making it a four-point game at 20-16. Before that shot, West Union used an 11-0 run, including four points off the bench by Austin Harkness.
Byers would close the half on a 13-5 run to make it a double digit deficit for the Eagles at the half, 28-18.
The Lions pulled away in the second half, using a 10-0 run in the third quarter to go ahead 42-19.
Down 54-33 heading into the fourth quarter, West Union opted to exploit the Lions’ weakness at the free throw line, fouling Byers on each of their early possessions in an attempt to make one final run.
While the Lions were 8-of-18 from the line in the quarter, West Union was unable to come back, scoring only 10 points in the frame, six from Kyle Taylor.
Herrandus Washington led Byers with 12 points and was one of several off the bench who contributed for the Lions.
Byers outscored West Union’s bench 37-6 with Washginton scoring 10 points in the second half and Ladarius Jones scoring eight points in the fourth quarter alone.
Jumper led West Union with 12 points, while Kyle Taylor added eight in the loss.
Schedule for semifinals of 2011 Division 2-1A Tournament:
4 p.m. Ingomar vs. Byers (girls)
5:30 p.m. Ingomar vs. Byers (boys)
7 p.m. Myrtle vs. Potts Camp (girls)
8:30 p.m. Myrtle vs. Potts Camp (boys)
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