Ingomar found its way back to the win column thanks to the efforts from Steven Foster.
Falling in its homecoming matchup against North Pontotoc over a week ago, the senior came out, leading the Falcons with 47 points in a 100-60 win against South Pontotoc on Monday.
Ingomar led by two after a first quarter that saw seven lead changes, but the Falcons easily pulled away after that, as Foster had 25 first half points, 18 in the second quarter.
Coming out of the half, Foster scored another 17 points in the third quarter and left the game with just under three minutes remaining, 15 points shy of the school record of 62 points, set by James Hudson in 1990.
“That’s a great night, and I think it’s one of the higher things that have happened around here in a while,” Ingomar coach Norris Ashley said.
“I hope he’s got a little left because we know New Albany will be a totally different ball game.”
The Falcons will host the rematch against the Bulldogs on Tuesday, and for Foster and the team, the hope is to keep moving forward, overcoming the tough, close loses they have suffered so far this season.
“We’ve just got to work hard and get our press working harder. I try to do my part by playing hard and being a leader,” Foster said. “We just have to give it the same effort, play hard, be smart and not turn the ball over.”
South Pontotoc 58 Ingomar 57 (girls)
The Lady Falcons simply ran out of time, unable to complete the comeback and overcome mistakes in its one-point loss to the Lady Cougars.
Ingomar went ahead in the first, 15-0, but foul trouble plagued the Lady Falcons, as four of the five starters were on the bench with three fouls at the beginning of the second quarter.
Emily Henson gave South Pontotoc the lead at 22-21, and the Lady Cougars maintained command for the remainder of the game.
Mallory Adair helped the Lady Falcons get within three points in the third, but the Henson, along with her sister Elizabeth, hit back-to-back three-pointers later in the fourth, giving the Lady Cougars a 10-point lead.
Ingomar slowly cut into that deficit, connecting on 8-of-12 free throws in the final frame, but the effort was too late, as Kate Webb’s three-pointer made it a one-point game at the very end.
Reid Little led Ingomar with 16 points, followed by Adair with 15 and Webb with 10 points.
After playing New Albany on Tuesday, Ingomar will next play at Myrtle on Dec. 2.