High flying Eagles down Blue Mountain

Andrew Childers scored 16 points in the second half for the Eagles on Tuesday. Photo by Dennis Clayton.

Andrew Childers scored 16 points in the second half for the Eagles on Tuesday. Photo by Dennis Clayton.


HICKORY FLAT – West Union staged a major second half comeback and won their opening round game in the Division 2-1A Tournament against Blue Mountain 60-52. The Eagles got 16 points from Andrew Childers to help rally the Eagles from a five point deficit at the half.
The fourth quarter saw seven lead changes and West Union took the lead for good at 53-52 with about three minutes remaining.
Childers, Dillon Clayton and Adam Grubbs scored critical points, most of them coming from the free throw line for the Eagles in the closing minute to seal the win.
Hayden Basil and Bobby High provided the offense during the first half as they combined for 15 of the Eagles 23 points.
Basil led the Eagles with his 20 points. Childers had 18 and High finished with 11 points.
West Union advances to face the number one seed, Ashland on Thursday night at 7:45.
Hayden Basil had a big night for the Eagles with his 20 points.

Hayden Basil had a big night for the Eagles with his 20 points.

Lady Hawks rout Falkner in division tournament opener

Amber Cook connects on the three for the Lady Hawks in the first half. Photo by Dennis Clayton.

Amber Cook connects on the three for the Lady Hawks in the first half. Photo by Dennis Clayton.


HICKORY FLAT – The Lady Hawks of Myrtle blew open their game with Falkner with a 17-0 run during the first 4:05 of the second period and went on to win big in the Division 2-1A Tournament opener by a score of 74 to 48.
Faulkner tried to close the huge gap after the Lady Hawks went up 35-11, but could get no closer than 15 points down at 39-24 in the third quarter before the Lady Hawks stretched the lead back to a comfortable 56-34 margin after three.
Ivory Montgomery had a game high 24 points to lead the Lady Hawks. Jessica Floyd hit for 18 and Geniesha Montgomery scored 16 points.
Myrtle advances to play number two seed Ashland on Thursday at 4:00.
Ivory Montgomery scores on the layup for Myrtle as teammate Jessica Floyd trails the play.

Ivory Montgomery scores on the layup for Myrtle as teammate Jessica Floyd trails the play.

Myrtle Summer League Results

Savannah Shirley drives past the North Pontotoc defender in West Union's opening game at Myrtle on Monday. Photo by Dennis Clayton.

Savannah Shirley drives past the North Pontotoc defender in West Union’s opening game at Myrtle on Monday. Photo by Dennis Clayton.
Myrtle launched their girls summer league basketball on Monday with three Union County teams seeing early action. Myrtle, Ingomar and West Union hit the hardwood in the afternoon sessions. Games consisted of 15 minute running halves.
Ingomar 29, Myrtle 9
The Lady Falcons relied on their defense to hold the Lady Hawks to only two points in the first half and take a 9-2 lead. Both teams had to overcome numerous mistakes and missed opportunities during the half.
Ingomar began to find the range in the second half, scoring 20 points. Myrtle continued to struggle offensively and could only manage seven points.
Mallory Russell led all scorers with 10 points and Gara Beth Self added six. Ivory Montgomery led Myrtle with seven points.
West Union 24, North Pontotoc 16
The Lady Eagles squared off against North Pontotoc in the next contest and came away with a 24-16 victory.
West Union took the early lead and went into the half up 15-11. Both offenses had issues scoring in the second half, but the Lady Eagles hung on to gain the win.
Gracen Conlee had a game high 10 points to lead the Lady Eagles and Kylie Massengill scored seven. Amelia Merritt had nine points for the Lady Vikings.

Kallie Roberts brings the ball up for the Lady Urchins. Photo by Dennis Clayton. Kallie Roberts brings the ball up for the Lady Urchins. Photo by Dennis Clayton.

Amber Cook passes to a Myrtle teammate in the corner. Photo by Dennis Clayton.

Amber Cook passes to a Myrtle teammate in the corner. Photo by Dennis Clayton.

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

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.