If you want to see dominance, look at the early 90s and the Ingomar Lady Falcons.
The first half of this decade saw this team pick up six consecutive Union County Tournament titles, as well as three state titles in four years.
The UCT in the 90s opened the same way the 80s closed, and that’s with an Ingomar sweep for the tournament titles. After that, Myrtle and New Albany boys picked up wins on the boys’ side, while the Lady Falcons cruised throughout until 1995.
I guess it was only fitting that the streak ended on Ingomar’s home court, as they hosted the ‘95 tourney, and it was East Union that placed them in the loser’s bracket for the first time in six years.
The Lady Urchins went on to win the title that year, and Ingomar’s run toward another state championship ended against B.L. Moor in the north half tournament.
What I enjoy a lot about this research, and I’ve probably said this before, is finding out who played and when.
I came across several notable players during this time, and enjoyed reading about their contributions to their respective schools, particularly during the county tournament.
During this time, Ingomar completely dominated in 1A, knocking out Biggersville in 1991 for its first state championship since 1972 (Biggersville was the defending champions that year). Scott Central was the team defeated in the finals that next year and Bogue Chitto played as the defending champions in 1994, losing to Ingomar in the finals.
Ingomar wasn’t the only impressive team during this time. Several area schools started a consistent trek to Jackson, including Myrtle, New Albany and West Union boys.
The Hawks had a thrilling championship win in 1992, defeating New Albany, 63-62, off of free throws by John Byers.
Myrtle would later make it to the state title game in 1995, falling to Durant, but won its third UCT title in five years just two months earlier.
I’m about to begin work on the remaining tournament action from the 90s, and if I remember correctly, I think we’ll have a lot of West Union girls to talk about next week.
Only a couple more weeks, and I’ll have everything in place, hopefully to showcase in the basketball preview this winter.