Girley sharp in Cougars’ win

BasketballBy Gene Phelps

Daily Journal

INGOMAR – Blue Mountain’s one-two scoring punch of Jacob Girley and Ismael Ruedas took a hit in Friday’s Division 2-1A game against Ingomar.

It didn’t matter.

Girley, with his sharp-shooting teammate – Ruedas – on the bench in foul trouble a majority of the third period, landed the knockout blow with a game-high 25 points in the Cougars’ 76-56 victory in front of a vocal Falcons homecoming crowd.

“It doesn’t matter how we win or who scores the most points,” Blue Mountain coach David Mason said. “When Ismael is on the bench, Jacob has to step up. When it’s Jacob, Ismael has to step up.

“When both are on the court, we’re hard to handle.”

Girley, a junior, scored 13 of his points in the third quarter as the Cougars rallied from a 36-35 halftime deficit to build a 54-47 lead headed into the fourth quarter.

Blue Mountain (16-7, 6-0 division) sealed the win with a 14-0 run in the final period. Ruedas scored 10 of his 21 points in the fourth, including six in the run. Girley added four points in the spurt and capped it with a layup to give the Cougars a 70-50 lead with 2 minutes, 25 seconds remaining.

“I tried to give my team a boost by leading them,” Girley said of his third-quarter performance.

The loss was the second for Ingomar (15-9, 5-2 2-1A) against Blue Mountain. The Cougars won 73-58 on Jan. 7.

“We didn’t want to run our offense, and we tried to force things,” Ingomar coach Jonathan Ashley said.

Sam Cobb and Alex Jeter scored 14 points each to lead Ingomar. Taije Berry scored 16 for the Cougars.

“This is huge … 6-0 … unbelievable,” Mason said. “This was a North half atmosphere tonight.”

(G) Ingomar 64, Blue Mountain 26: Hope Mason scored 14 and Lauren Thompson 12 to lead the Lady Falcons.

gene.phelps@journalinc.com