By TIM TUTOR
Coach Norris Ashley and his Ingomar basketball teams hosted their annual basketball tournament last weekend.
Ashley invited Houlka High, H.W. Byers High, and Ashland High to town for this winner-takes-all event.
Ashland boys win
The 4-0 Ashland Blue Devils won the title on the boys’ side with wins over the host Falcons 60-55 on Friday night and the Houlka Wildcats 55-47 in the championship game Saturday night.
“We did not play well at all,” said Wildcat head coach Jimmy Guy McDonald. The difference in the game, according to Coach McDonald was, “their putbacks.”
“They beat us on the boards. It was their offensive rebounds and put backs.”
Wesley McIntosh, who stayed in foul trouble, led the 2-1 Houlka boys with 21 points, 11 coming in the last period.
The Wildcats got within three points of the lead inside the last minute of the game, but a missed lay-up by the ‘Cats, “Kind of let the air out of the momentum we had built up.”
Houlka girls win
On the girls’ side, the 3-0 Houlka Lady Wildcats were the victors with wins over the Lady Lions of H.W. Byers 66-42 on Thursday night, and the Ashland Lady Blue Devils 54-39 in the championship game Saturday night.
Ashland’s Marniesha Richard, who has committed to Mississippi State, went out early in the championship game with a knee injury.
“We were looking forward to see what we could do against her,” said McDonald. “I hated it happened.”
The Lady ‘Cats put Ashland away early Saturday evening jumping to a 20-5 lead in the first period.
“We played pretty well in the first and fourth quarter.”
Leading by 11 points going into the final period, the Houlka girls added four points to their lead and took the 54-39 win.
Paige Williamson led the Lady ‘Cats with 18 points, followed by Cheryl Griffin with 12.
“I’m proud for the girls. To win Ingomar’s tournament this early in the year, that’s a pretty good statement for them.”
Ingomar fights back
The 1-2 Lady Falcons of Ingomar lost their first game in the tourney 56-37 to the Lady Blue Devils of Ashland on Friday night but came back strong with a 52-44 consolation game win over winless Byers Saturday afternoon
Seniors Kelly Williamson and Jessica Seger led the Ingomar girls in scoring with 20 and 11 points respectively.
The 1-2 Falcons were not so fortunate, losing 54-47 to Byers in the boys consolation game. Lee Allen Keys led the Ingomar boys with 12 points in the loss.