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Dodge City Daily Globe - Dodge City, KS
  • Lady Bulldogs one win from 3-peat

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  • The Ingalls Lady Bulldogs didn't make a basket for the first 10 minutes of their Southern Plains-Iroquois Activities Association girls semifinal contest against the South Central Lady Timberwolves. But once they started to get their shooting groove, they stormed past the Lady T-Wolves' defense on the way to a 48-28 victory Thursday night at United Wireless Arena. "We missed a lot of gimmes at the start and that was because we were nervous," said Ingalls guard Kaisha Batman. "Once we just started to relax and play our style, the shots just started falling for us." Ingalls has a chance to record some history in the tournament as the first team to come from the play-in portion to a league title. The Lady Bulldogs' victory over South Central was their second in a row over squads that had beaten them. Ingalls will have to do that a third time Saturday night in the championship game against Bucklin to complete their title run and third SPIAA league tournament crown. "I think we're focused right now and we're want to play this way if we've played them or not," said Ingalls head coach Roger Thurlow. "We have a ton of talent; but if they bring toughness with it, they'll be much better. They have brought an incredible amount of toughness the last couple of games." Rebecca Wyatt led Ingalls in scoring with 16 points and Batman added 15 for the Lady Bulldogs (9-4). Reagan Bayne led South Central (8-5) with 12 points. South Central was able to push to a 7-4 lead after the opening quarter. The Lady T-Wolves scored most of their points on second chance opportunities. Ingalls didn't make a field goal in the stanza (including not converting on fast break chances after turnovers), with South Central blocking four shots. The Lady Bulldogs made four free throws to stay within striking distance. The Lady Bulldogs had the more aggressive defense in the second quarter and were finally able to find their shooting touch. Batman hit a lay-up on a fast-break opportunity with 5:41 left for Ingalls' first basket of the game to start a 9-1 run. South Central didn't hit a field goal for the first five minutes of the stanza and trailed 20-12 at halftime. Ingalls continued to apply the pressure in the third quarter and didn't allow a South Central basket for almost six minutes of the period to extend the lead to 31-13. The Lady Bulldogs led 34-15 going into the final stanza. Ingalls led by as many as 24 points during final quarter action. Ingalls will play Bucklin at 6 p.m.; while South Central will play Ashland in the third place game at 2 p.m. SOUTH CENTRAL (28) -- Abby Gales 5, Haley Unruh 1, Micaela Jellison 3, Jessica Kissel 2, Alondra Rivero 3, Reagan Bayne 12, Kilee Harris 2. Totals 9 9-15 28. INGALLS (48) -- Hope Beach 3, Kaisha Batman 15, Chambre Droste 4, Jordyn Cure 3, Jasmine Renick 5, Rebecca Wyatt 16, Bulma Galaviz 2. Totals 15 16-26 48. S. Central 7 5 3 13 -- 28 Ingalls 4 16 14 14 -- 48 Three-point baskets -- South Central 1 (Jellison 1), Ingalls 2 (Cure 1, Renick 1). Records -- South Central 8-5, Ingalls 9-4.
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