By Melissa Meador
BIGGERSVILLE – Ingomar rode another fast start to a dominating 71-26 win over Smithville on Thursday night in the boys’ Class 1A North tournament.
The Falcons (26-10) held Smithville to just seven first-half points and are just one win away from the state tournament.
“I think we did a pretty good job of letting our energy and effort turn into some easy points early,” Ingomar coach Jonathan Ashley said. “It just snowballed on them, and they couldn’t get shots to fall early. I thought we did a good job of attacking the zone and making some outside shots early.”
Ingomar scored the first 16 points of the game until Jared Henderson’s basket for Smithville with two minutes to go in the first.
Early baskets from Alex Jeter in the second gave them their first 20-point lead of the game, and though Smithville scored the first four points of the second half, Ingomar followed that up with a 10-2 run to keep control of the game.
Laquain Foster and Kelton Hall scored 17 points apiece to lead Ingomar, while Dayon Moore’s 8 points were tops for Smithville.
“Early on, they couldn’t miss a shot and we couldn’t make one,” Smithville coach Greg Haynes said. “We chose to have our worst game of the year tonight. I also told them that there are a lot of teams that would like to be here though, and I’m proud of that.”
Ingomar faces Coldwater, who knocked off defending champ Biggersville in the first game of the day, in the semifinals tonight with a trip to Jackson on the line.
“Any team we could face would be difficult. We knew that looking at the bracket with three past state champions in Thursday elimination games,” Ashley said. “Either way it wasn’t going to be easy, but our goal is to give ourselves a chance to win in the fourth quarter.”