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.