It was finally Ingomar’s night to shine, and it could not have happened at a better time than in the first round of the division tournament on Tuesday.
Having dropped two of three games to West Union this season, the Lady Falcons overcame a second half deficit, defeating the Lady Eagles, 44-34.
“I thought the times before, West Union guarded us real well, and we had to grind to make open shots, and we didn’t make the ones we had,” Ingomar coach Trent Adair said. “The last two games against them, we’ve averaged 24 points, and that won’t beat many church league teams. The preparation was just trying to convince these girls that it’s our court, our night, and we’re going to make those shots.”
Trailing 9-5 early in the second, West Union went on a 6-0 run and traded the lead once before going ahead 17-15 at the break.
The Lady Eagles led by as many as eight points in the third, but Ingomar went on a 7-0 run to take the lead, 24-23. Hannah McQuary gave West Union its final lead later in the frame, and Heather Dillard made it a 27-27 game at the end of the third on her second of three triples in the second half. Dillard finished with a game-high 14 points for the Lady Falcons.
“I thought she was phenomenal,” Adair said of Dillard. “In the second half, she did, to the script, exactly what I wanted. When you have a point guard that does that, it makes life a lot easier. I thought that was, by far, the best game she’s played all year.”
Mallory Adair put the Lady Falcons ahead for good at the beginning of the fourth, as Ingomar out scored West Union, 17-7, in the final frame.
Reid Little added 11 points for Ingomar, who advances to play top seeded H.W. Byers on Thursday.
“We’re going to give it our best shot,” Adair said of taking on the Lady Lions. “I’ve never thought it was right to ask the good Lord to win a game, but my wish and prayer always that we play to the best of our ability. Thursday night, that’s what we’re going to do, and we’ll see. It’s a privilege to get to play them at this juncture. “
Samantha Bridges led West Union with 11 points, followed by Gracen Conlee with 10 points.
H.W. Byers 85 West Union 57 (boys)
The Eagles were unable to carry the momentum from its halftime lead into the second half, as the Lions pulled away in the second half to advance in the tournament.
Tied at 18 after the first, Chase Cooper put the Eagles in front early in the second. The two teams traded the lead throughout the frame, with Hunter Jennings putting the Eagles in front, 29-27. The Eagles led, 33-32, at the half, but were out scored 48-20, in the second half.
Cooper led the Eagles with 16 points, followed by Chase Taylor and Drew Wooten with 12 points each. Anthony Mabon led H.W. Byers with 25 points.
The Lions will take on Ingomar on Thursday night.
Ashland 51 Myrtle 37 (girls)
Meshay Cox led the Lady Hawks with 14 points in a season-ending loss to Ashland.
Trailing 13-2 after the first, Myrtle fought back, opening the second quarter on an 8-0 run. Kellan Tanner gave the Lady Hawks the lead, 16-15, and Emily Cook extended that lead to four, 19-15, at the half.
The Lady Hawks were out scored, 20-4, in the third quarter and were unable to recover, despite a good fourth quarter from Cox with eight points.
Ashland advances to play Coldwater on Thursday.
Ashland 58 Myrtle 44 (boys)
The evening’s final game was a heated battle that went in favor of the Blue Devils, ending the Hawks season.
Myrtle led, 13-12, after the first quarter, but Ashland took its final lead late in the second quarter, 20-18. The Blue Devils went ahead by 10 early in the third quarter, but Taylor Hogue brought the Hawks back within six points late in the frame. Myrtle was out scored, 16-10, in a fourth quarter that saw Robert Montgomery foul out midway through with six points on the evening.
Keon Hampton led the Hawks with 23 points. Tirease Williams matched that point total for the Blue Devils, who will face Coldwater on Thursday.
Other Union County scores:
Region 1-2A tournament at Okolona
East Union 44 Okolona 31 (girls)
East Union 60 Hamilton 50 (boys)
Thursday’s division tournament schedule:
Region 2-1A at Ingomar
7 p.m. H.W. Byers vs. Ingomar (girls)
8:30 p.m. H.W. Byers vs. Ingomar (boys)
Region 1-2A at Okolona
4 p.m. Baldwyn vs. East Union (girls)
5:30 p.m. Baldwyn vs. East Union (boys)
Region 2-4A at North Pontotoc
4 p.m. Lafayette vs. New Albany (girls)
8:30 p.m. Lewisburg vs. New Albany (boys)