INGOMAR – Norris Ashley felt his Ingomar Falcons needed a contest with a little intensity.
Be careful what you ask for.
Made-to-order intensity is a Union County rival, and the New Albany Bulldogs almost gave the Falcons too much heat before Ingomar held on for a 74-62 victory Tuesday.
“We’ve got a lot of experience on this team, but we haven’t had too many games with intensity this season,” said Ashley, the winningest boys coach in Mississippi. “This was a good game for them to grow up, and handle what they threw at us.”
The Falcons (8-1) threw their version of intensity at the Bulldogs (5-3) in the first half. The first period inside play of Zach Carnell opened up the outside shooting of Ingomar in the second quarter, as the Falcons built a 49-29 halftime lead.
New Albany responded in the second half. A little at a time, the Bulldogs fought back, closing within 59-56 with 4 minutes, 34 seconds to play in the fourth quarter on a pair of three point plays by Devante Berry.
That’s when Tanner McCollum picked a good time to step off the bench, scoring 10 points in the final 4:17 to help Ingomar hold on for the win.
Carnell paced Ingomar with 21 points, and Tadarious Colburn shot in 15 for New Albany.
(G)New Albany 70, Ingomar 35
The undefeated Lady Bulldogs had the contest in hand by the end of the first quarter, leading 24-9.
“At 8-0, you’ve got to be pleased,” said New Albany coach John Stroud, whose squad owns wins over H.W. Byers, Columbus, and (Memphis) Briarcrest, in the last 10 days. “But we start division play next week, and that’s what’s important.”
Jasmine Spears totaled 15 to lead New Albany.
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