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.