By NEMS Daily Journal
INGOMAR – Ingomar entered the Daily Journal’s rankings Friday. It was far from a curse.
The Falcons found their stroke early Friday night en route to a key 86-66 Division 2-1A win over H.W. Byers.
Laquin Foster scored all 11 of his points in the first quarter to set the tone.
“My kids executed very well. A lot of things they did didn’t go right and everything we did went right,” Ingomar coach Jonathan Ashley said. “Effort-wise, focus, handling their pressure and changes defenses, I thought we were very in tune.”
Devonte Williamson grabbed a board and scored to give Ingomar a 15-4 lead midway through the first quarter. Joseph Broom’s 3-pointer gave the Falcons (18-8, 3-1) a 41-21 lead in the second.
Henry Foster scored 26 points to lead Ingomar. Sam Cobb had 15, Broom 12, and Williamson 10.
For Byers (10-9, 3-1), Chris Echols scored 26 points and A.J. Mabon had 20.
The Falcons switched up their defense in an attempt to keep those two at bay.
“We expected them to play zone,” Byers coach Trey Lawrence said. “I’ve played Jonathan three years now. I haven’t seen that. He did an excellent job. The kids played great. It took us an entire quarter to figure out what was going on.”
(G) H.W. Byers 70, Ingomar 32: Heather Dillard scored five straight in the first quarter as the Lady Falcons took a 12-7 lead but Byers connected on four 3-pointers and went on an 18-0 run to take control early in the second quarter.
Justice Martin finished with a game-high 25 points for No. 3 Byers (14-3, 4-0), while Laniqua Collins had 16. Dillard had 18 for Ingomar (13-11, 2-2). The Lady Falcons were held scoreless in the fourth.