The Ingalls Lady Bulldogs defense was like a corral to the Hodgeman County Lady Longhorns in their Southern Plains-Iroquois Activities Association girls quarterfinal contest at United Wireless Arena.
The Lady Bulldogs forced 15 turnovers (including 12 steals) in the first half and kept the pressure on in the second half on the way to a 50-24 victory over Hodgeman County to close out Monday night action.
Ingalls showed why they were unbeaten and the top seed of the tournament, scoring 16 points off of turnovers in the first half as the Lady Bulldogs led 28-10 at intermission. Hodgeman County made only two field goals in the first quarter and four points in the second as they continued to give up the ball.
"As a team, we believe that if we work our butts off on defense; then that's going to help us have a good offense," said Kaisha Batman. "If we keep other teams from scoring, that going to help us win games, especially against the tougher teams."
Batman scored 13 of her 19 points in the first half to lead the Bulldogs (11-0). Rebecca Wyatt added 13 and six rebounds; while Tara Whipple scored 10 in the victory. Most of the points scored by the Lady Bulldogs were scored off of turnovers.
"We seem to do better when we attack with our defense and get transition baskets," said Ingalls head coach Roger Thurlow. "Sometimes when we play in our half-court offense, we seem to get a little distracted, so it's important to keep driving hard on the court.
"This was the best we have played since Christmas break."
Shania Liggett scored 16 points to lead Hodgeman County (4-8).
Ingalls will face Spearville in a girls semifinal contest scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m. Thursday night. Hodgeman County will face Kiowa County in a girls consolation game at 3 p.m. Thursday.
"The rest of this tournament is going to be tough," Thurlow said. "Any one of the four teams remaining in the bracket can win the tournament."
HODGEMAN COUNTY (24) – Crystal Bradshaw 2, Hannah McPike 2, Cassy Heller 2, Shania Liggett 16, Michelle Bradshaw 2. Totals 10 4-9 24.
INGALLS (50) – Hope Beach 2, Kaisha Batman 19, Tara Whipple 10, Rachel Droste 2, Rebecca Wyatt 13, Bulma Galaviz 4. Totals 17 15-22 50.
Hodgeman Co.6486 – 24
Ingalls18101012 – 50
Three-point baskets – Ingalls 1 (Batman 1). Records – Hodgeman County 4-8, Ingalls 11-0.