Lady Eagles down Broad Street 



Gracen Conlee connects on the shot from the lane. Photo by Dennis Clayton.

West Union traveled to Broad Street and won a convincing 70-48 opening round win in the 1A state playoffs on Friday. 

The Lady Eagles took a 21-6 lead after a quarter and went into the half up 39-23.

Gracen Conlee lead the offensive attack with 30 points and Marley Long had 23. Savannah Shirley was also in double figures with 10 points.

West Union advanced to the second round and will travel to Coffeeville for a 6:00 game on Saturday. (today)

Savannah Shirley sets the Lady Eagle offense. Photo by Dennis Clayton.

Savannah Shirley sets the Lady Eagle offense. Photo by Dennis Clayton.


Marley Long drives along the baseline for the Lady Eagles. Photo by Dennis Clayton.

Marley Long drives along the baseline for the Lady Eagles. Photo by Dennis Clayton.

Falcons rally late against Coldwater for playoff win

Cade Hall stretches out for the score on his layup. Photo by Dennis Clayton.

Cade Hall stretches out for the score on his layup. Photo by Dennis Clayton.


BY DENNIS CLAYTON
Ingomar trailed late in the fourth quarter against Coldwater in the opening round of State 1A basketball playoffs and needed a big play as well as someone to step up to lead the team. They got both, as the Falcon defense created a turnover which Laquain Foster turned into momentum-swinging points.
“That was probably the play of the game, we trapped it hard here and they floated it across and Laquain (Foster) stole it going back across here and laid it in to cut it to three,” Ingomar coach Jonathan Ashley said. ““With three minutes to go, it wasn’t looking good, but Laquain took over and the rest of the kids just really got after it out there. We made some things go our way defensively and got some stops.” Coldwater had built a seven point lead over the Falcons, 63-56 and things were looking bleak with three minutes to go.
Ingomar scored a basket to cut the lead to 63-58 with 2:19 left. That was when the trapping Falcon defense and Foster turned in the game-changing play as Foster stole the pass and scored a layup to energize the home crowd.
Cade Hall’s three pointer from the top of the key put the Falcons in the lead at 64-63 and fired up his teammates as they went on a 7-2 run afterwards to close the deal and take the win.
“That was a big shot,” Ashley said. “He’s (Hall) our most improved player. I’ve got a bunch of candidates for that, but just as far as having the confidence to step up there and make a big shot. He’s a good kid and I couldn’t be prouder for him because he deserves that.”
Foster scored 14 of the Falcons’ 24 fourth quarter points to lead the comeback.
The game was close throughout with the biggest leads being seven points, Ingomar led 11-4 early and Coldwater held the 63-56 advantage late in the game.
There were numerous ties and 10 lead changes during the game.
Coldwater held narrow leads after the first three quarters, 15-13 after the opening period, 29-27 at the half and 50-47 after three.
“They (Ingomar) gutted it out and that’s what this playoff basketball is all about,” Ashley said. “I couldn’t be happier for them or prouder of them.”
Foster led Ingomar in scoring with 25 points. Kelton Hall had 19 and Cade Hall added 13.
Ingomar improves to 20-13 on the season and will face Jumpertown in the next round on Saturday.
Laquain Foster led the Ingomar comeback against Coldwater. Photo by Dennis Clayton.

Laquain Foster led the Ingomar comeback against Coldwater. Photo by Dennis Clayton.

Wintry weather forces postponement of Union County/New Albany girls basketball

Savannah Shirley drives in for the shot on Saturday. Photo by Dennis Clayton.

Savannah Shirley drives in for the shot on Saturday. Photo by Dennis Clayton.


The blast of winter weather forced the postponement of the Girls North playoffs scheduled on Monday for four Union County area teams. All of the contests are rescheduled for Wednesday, weather permitting. Here is a listing of the games and the rescheduled dates and times:
Wednesday, February 25
6:00 – Mound Bayou JFK at Ingomar
6:00 – New Albany at Cleveland
6:00 – West Union at Shelby Broad Street
6:00 – Myrtle at Ray Brooks

Division 2-1A consolation game capsules

Gracen Conlee drives to the basket during the first half. Photo by Dennis Clayton.

Gracen Conlee drives to the basket during the first half. Photo by Dennis Clayton.


BY DENNIS CLAYTON
(G) West Union 63, Myrtle 29
West Union took the first quarter lead 18-7, and then stretched it to 38-20 at the half to win the girls consolation game on Saturday. Myrtle took an early 3-0 lead only to see the Lady Eagles go on a 15-4 run to take a comfortable lead.
Leading the Lady Eagles in scoring were Gracen Conlee with 18, Marley Long had 16 and Kylie Massengill scored 11.
Jessica Floyd and Ivory Montgomery had nine points apiece for the Lady Hawks.
Marley Long shoots the short jumper for the Lady Eagles. Photo by Dennis Clayton.

Marley Long shoots the short jumper for the Lady Eagles. Photo by Dennis Clayton.

(B) Hickory Flat 58, Myrtle 56
Myrtle ran into scoring issues in the third quarter and fell to Hickory Flat in the boys consolation game. The Hawks held the lead for most of the first half before going cold from the field in the second half.
Myrtle led 26-24 at the half.
Myrtle was led in scoring by Jonathan Scales with 12 while Chris Hill and Lavon Kiddy had 10 apiece.

Anthony Lipsey shoots the three pointer for the Hawks. Photo by Dennis Clayton.

Anthony Lipsey shoots the three pointer for the Hawks. Photo by Dennis Clayton.

Lady Falcons claim division tournament crown

Ingomar Lady Falcons 2-1A Tournament Champions front left: Ashley Forester, Allie Williams, Maggie Smithey, Gara Beth Self, Sydney Roberts, Carson Grisham. Back: Morgan Nance, Laura Hogue, Abbie Williams, Abby Deaton, Dylan Reeder, Jakayla Banks, Lauren Wooley, Hope Mason, Lauren Thompson, Mallory Russell, Lindsay Hall, Coach Trent Adair. Photo by Dennis Clayton.

Ingomar Lady Falcons 2-1A Tournament Champions front left: Ashley Forester, Allie Williams, Maggie Smithey, Gara Beth Self, Sydney Roberts, Carson Grisham. Back: Morgan Nance, Laura Hogue, Abbie Williams, Abby Deaton, Dylan Reeder, Jakayla Banks, Lauren Wooley, Hope Mason, Lauren Thompson, Mallory Russell, Lindsay Hall, Coach Trent Adair.
Photo by Dennis Clayton.


BY DENNIS CLAYTON
ASHLAND – Ingomar’s Lady Falcons rallied in the second half to win the Division 2-1A tournament championship on Saturday, defeating Ashland 45-35. Ingomar trailed 27-20 with 4:05 left in the third quarter, but the Lady Falcons went on a 25-8 run to close the game and take the win.
“We did have a good run, we finally got tough enough to handle getting beat to death because that’s basically what happened,” Ingomar girls coach Trent Adair said. “I think in the fourth quarter they (Ashland) tried to trap and we threw it in to Mallory (Russell) and she made one and got a foul. I think that got our confidence going. I think that kinda lifted our spirits, you could see it in those girls because as bad as we played, we were there. That kinda ignited us and made us more aggressive on the press.
The Lady Falcons went on a 16-0 scoring spree, holding Ashland scoreless for over eight minutes during the third and fourth quarters.
“We contained the dribble and got some traps, we just wanted to get one trap,” Adair said. “If we can just get one trap, a good trap, we feel that we can turn them over. I’m more proud of that one over any win that we’ve had for the simple fact that we didn’t play well and we just gutted one out. We found a way to gut one out and this time of year that’s encouraging.”
The first half was close throughout with the Lady Falcons taking the 18-17 lead after two quarters.
Lauren Thompson led the Lady Falcons with 20 points. Russell had a double-double with 16 points and 17 rebounds.
Ingomar improves to 27-5 on the year and moves on to 1A North play, hosting JFK on Monday.
(B) Ashland 67, Ingomar 58
Ingomar and Ashland battled back and forth for three quarters with seven lead changes before the Blue Devils took the lead for good and won the boys championship.
“You’re probably looking at them (Ashland), Houlka and maybe Shaw that’s really the top three (1A teams) in the north,” Ingomar boys coach Jonathan Ashley said. “We wanted to have a chance in the fourth quarter and we did. I think Laquain (Foster) and Cade (Hall) both getting in foul trouble with 2:50 to go in the third quarter hurt us. We’re just not deep enough to withstand that. Hopefully we will get back on the horse Tuesday night and maybe we’ll play long enough to play them again.”
Ingomar led 14-13 after a quarter and 30-27 at the half.
Foster led the Falcons with 27 points. Ingomar is now 19-13 on the season and will host Coldwater on Tuesday night.
Lauren Thompson, Lindsay Hall and Mallory Russell wait for the rebound for the Lady Falcons. Photo by Dennis Clayton.

Lauren Thompson, Lindsay Hall and Mallory Russell wait for the rebound for the Lady Falcons. Photo by Dennis Clayton.

2-1A Results for Union County teams

Lauren Thompson scores in the lane for the Lady Falcons. Photo by Dennis Clayton.

Lauren Thompson scores in the lane for the Lady Falcons. Photo by Dennis Clayton.


BY DENNIS CLAYTON
ASHLAND – Union County was well-represented in the semifinals with five teams playing. All five teams do qualify to play next week
(G) Ingomar 81, Myrtle 25
The Lady Falcons jumped our to an early 7-0 lead, stretched it to 16-2 after a quarter and rolled to the big win. Ingomar went on a 21-9 tear in the second period to lead 37-11 at the half.
The second half was more of the same as the Lady Falcons outscored the Lady Hawks 42-14.
Lauren Thompson of Ingomar led all scorers with 17 points. Lindsay Hall had 15 and Mallory Russell finished with 14.
Ivory Montgomery was the leading scorer for Myrtle with nine points.
Ingomar moves on to the championship game on Friday to face Ashland at 7:00. Myrtle will play county rival West Union in the consolation game at 4:00.
Tanner Cox scores on the layup for Myrtle. Photo by Dennis Clayton.

Tanner Cox scores on the layup for Myrtle. Photo by Dennis Clayton.


(B) Ingomar 80, Myrtle 75
Ingomar rallied in the second half from as many as 13 down to snatch the win from the Hawks. Myrtle appeared poised to run away with the game early as they took a 20-4 lead just past the midway point of the first quarter, but the Falcons slowly fought their way back to close the gap to 35-26 at the half.
Myrtle had a lead at 49-37 with under three minutes to play in the third quarter, but the Falcons went on a 13-1 run to tie the game 50-50 after three quarters of play.
The fourth period belonged to the Falcons as they outscored the Hawks 30-25 to advance to the championship game on Friday.
Laquain Foster scored 31 to lead the Falcons to the win. Kelton Hall added 22 and Joseph Broom chipped in 11 points.
Myrtle was led by Jonathan Scales’ 19 points. Abiram Frazier hit for 14, Anthony Lipsey added 13 and Lavon Kiddy scored 11 points.
Ingomar will play Ashland at 8:30 Friday while Myrtle will play Hickory Flat in the consolation game at 5:30.
Gracen Conlee drives in against the Ashland defense. Photo by Dennis Clayton.

Gracen Conlee drives in against the Ashland defense. Photo by Dennis Clayton.


(G) Ashland 61, West Union 50
The Lady Eagles struggled all night against the full-court defensive pressure by the Lady Blue Devils. The Lady Eagles only managed two leads in the game and both of those came in the first quarter.
Ashland would make a run and the Lady Eagles would chip away at the lead, but they could never pull even or ahead after early in the second quarter.
West Union got as close as 52-46 during the fourth quarter before Ashland closed on a 9-4 run to seal the win.
Gracen Conlee led the Lady Eagles with 20 points, Kylie Massengill had 16 and Marley Long scored 10.
West Union will play Myrtle at 4:00 in the girls consolation game on Friday.

Bulldogs grind out opening round win over Lafayette

Antravon Graham is closely guarded by the Lafayette defender. Photo by Dennis Clayton.

Antravon Graham is closely guarded by the Lafayette defender. Photo by Dennis Clayton.


BY DENNIS CLAYTON
OXFORD – New Albany appeared to still be on the bus in the opening quarter of their 2-4A Division tournament game against Lafayette. The Bulldogs found themselves on the wrong end of the 18-12 score, but they kept grinding and working to eventually down the Commodores 57-50 on Wednesday.
“You can’t make excuses, they (Lafayette) just flat out-played us, bottom line,” New Albany boys coach Brad Gray said. “Our score was bigger than theirs at the end, we won the game, but they outplayed us from start to finish. You’ve got to give their guys a lot of credit, their guys were ready to play, their guys were focused. They were out there playing hard and playing intense, they were playing like they had something to prove. We were just kinda going through the motions. We just came out on the right end of the scoreboard.”
The Bulldogs were able to go on an 8-0 run to close the second quarter and take a 31-26 lead into the half. Turnovers, missed shots in the lane and missed free throws plagued the Bulldogs in the opening half.
The Bulldogs’ offensive woes continued into the second half as Lafayette was able to come back and tie early in the fourth period at 44-44. New Albany got another 8-0 run to give themselves some breathing room and go up 52-44 with 3:40 remaining.
“We didn’t block out and didn’t rebound,” Gray said. “When you let teams get two, three, four shots at the basket every trip down the floor, eventually they are going to make one of them.”
The Commodores could never get any closer than six points for the rest of the contest and the Bulldogs held on to win despite going 15 of 29 from the free throw line.
“We just finally started playing together as a team, playing as a whole and then we got the job done,” senior Rashad McWilliams said.
New Albany advances to play Rosa Fort on Thursday in semifinal tournament action.
“We just got to play together like we always do,” McWilliams said. “It’s going to be a tough matchup, but I think we can get them (Rosa Fort).”
McWilliams led the Bulldogs in scoring with 20 points. Miles Washington had 13 and Jarel Lipsey hit for 12 points.
New Albany improved to 20-8 on the season and is assured of playing next week in the reformatted playoffs for 4A basketball.
Miles Washington shoots the short jumper in the lane. Photo by Dennis Clayton.

Miles Washington shoots the short jumper in the lane. Photo by Dennis Clayton.


Rashad McWilliams with the strong drive into the basket for the score. Photo by Dennis Clayton.

Rashad McWilliams with the strong drive into the basket for the score. Photo by Dennis Clayton.


Jarel Lipsey dribbles into the lane for the score. Photo by Dennis Clayton.

Jarel Lipsey dribbles into the lane for the score. Photo by Dennis Clayton.