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.
(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.
(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.