By Kedrick Storey
RIPLEY – Who says you need experience to win in the postseason?
Tuesday, the Ingomar Lady Falcons got 20 points from seventh grader Lauren Thompson and 15 points, four assists and six steals from eighth grader Maggie Smithey to cruise past the Blue Mountain Lady Cougars 58-36 in the opening round of the Division 2-1A Tournament.
The No. 3 seed Lady Falcons, with one starting senior and eight freshmen or younger players logging quality minutes, will face No. 2 seed West Union on Thursday at 4 p.m.
“I thought Maggie did a pretty good job. Offensively, she played her best game. When she has the ball she makes a lot of stuff happen,” said Ingomar coach Trent Adair. “Thompson has been our most consistent scorer all season.”
Thompson sank a pair of 3-pointers in the first quarter as Ingomar (19-13) opened with a 20-8 lead. She and Smithey combined for 23 points in the first half for a 35-11 advantage at the break.
Melenekqua Earl led Blue Mountain (6-19) with 11 points.
(B) West Union 67, Myrtle 64: The No. 6 seed Eagles made 14 of 16 free throws in the final quarter to upset the No. 3 seed.
They’ll face No. 2 seed Ingomar on Thursday at 5:30 p.m.
Hunter Jennings led four Eagles in double figures with 17 points. Tyler Wooley added 14, Adam Grubbs 13 off the bench, and Chase Cooper 12.
Myrtle, which led 28-27 at the break, got a game-high 20 points from Dee Johnson.
(G) Hickory Flat 56, Myrtle 49: Trailing by one point with 1:14 to play, the Lady Rebels (15-15) got a 3-pointer from Gracie Pipkin and then a steal and layup from Cece Thompson in a game-deciding 8-0 run to advance to Thursday’s semifinal against No. 1 seed Ashland.
Thompson had a game-high 19 points, including 10 in the fourth quarter. Amber Thompson added 14 for the Lady Rebels. Presley Goolsby led Myrtle with 16 points.