By Adam Gore/Special to the Journal
INGOMAR – The defending Class 1A Championship Ingomar Falcons came out firing, missing only three shot attempts in the first quarter of their 93-71 victory over the East Union Urchins on Tuesday.
The Falcons (2-3) took a 26-11 lead over the Urchins (1-4) in the first quarter. East Union rallied in the second to trim the lead to 10 before Ingomar closed strong to take a 49-32 lead at the break. Ingomar pulled away in the second to pick up the 22-point victory.
Senior guard Wesley Jumper, a West Union transfer, scored a game-high 26 points for Ingomar while Henry Foster added 21 and Jon Logan Little added 13 points in the victory. Trey Barkley led East Union with 18 points along with DJ Armstrong and Chris Tables each scoring 15 points.
The victory moved legendary Ingomar head coach Norris Ashley 14 games away from reaching the 1000-win plateau with 986 victories in boys basketball in his 41-year career, 39 of those seasons spent in Union County.
(G) Ingomar 56, East Union 21: Sophomore guard Mallory Adair paced Ingomar with 12 points as the Lady Falcons picked up their first victory of the season 56-21 over East Union.
The Lady Falcons defense held East Union scoreless in the third quarter to build their 29-10 halftime lead to 45-10 heading into the final frame.
Shelly Grisham celebrated her 18th birthday by coming up two rebounds short of a double-double performance with 11 points and eight rebounds. Emily Hall added 11 for Ingomar (1-4) while Ashley Leach led East Union (1-4) with seven points on the night.
Ingomar will participate in the Pontotoc Tournament while East Union will play in the Thrasher Tournament, both events starting on Thursday.