Three 3-pointers in the early first quarter by Ingalls sophomore Regan Ast gave the Bulldogs an early 9-3 lead, and a game-high 24 by senior Ashlyn Cure helped the Bulldogs close the door on a game that was never close Thursday night.

The Bulldogs beat the Pawnee Heights Tigers a in 2019 SPIAA League Basketball Tournament consolation game by a score of 62-44.

“They came out and played well,” Ingalls coach Terra Simon said about her team. “You never know when it’s such of a kind of heartbreaking lost the first round. You never know how they are going to come out and respond to that, but they came out ready to play.”

The Bulldogs had narrowly lost 41-39 to Bucklin Monday.

They hit seven 3s Thursday night, four of which were by Ast, the other three of which were by Cure.

Three of Ast’s 3s came in nearly consecutive possessions to open the game for the Bulldogs, interrupted only by Pawnee Heights’ 2-point shot and a later free throw.

Those early makes helped get the game going the right direction early for the Bulldogs.

“She shot well,” Simon said. “She’s been working a lot on her shot this season and she’s really shooting well for me.”

For Pawnee Heights, sophomore Jaden Carlson also played strong. She had a team-high 18 points for the Tigers. Senior Katie Amspacker had 8 for the Tigers, and sophomore Madison Polson and senior Cadence Nondorf each had 6.

Ast finished with 15. Junior Britlyn Beach had 11 points for the Bulldogs.

Thursday’s win marked the end of the Tournament for the Bulldgos. Going forward, the team is going to focus on defense, Simon said.

“That is just where our focus has got to be,” Simon said.

The team will also focus on rebounding.

“We didn’t rebound well tonight,” Simon said. “We’ve been stressing that. That’s been something we have stressed every, day in practice.”

The Bulldogs have also got to be able to not overthink where they are supposed to be, she said.

“We are just going to work on rebounding and just making sure our defense is tough,” Simon said.