The Pretty Prairie Bulldogs beat the Ingalls Bulldogs 53-43 Thursday night, ending Ingalls’ season in the Semifinal Game of the Dodge City Community College Sub-State.
Pretty Prairie will face South Central for the girls Sub-State title. That game is scheduled for Saturday at 6 p.m.
Thursday’s game between the two teams was largely decided by shooting, and early on the shooting advantage belonged to Pretty Prairie by a long margin.
Pretty Prairie jumped out to a 12-1 lead before Ingalls took a timeout with about 3:27 left in the opening quarter. They went on and led 24-17 lead into halftime after Ingalls began to find their shooting touch a little.
Ingalls head coach Terra Simon said her Bulldogs were also able to get a few defensive stops.
“We kind of put a diamond-and-1 and took away (Pretty Prairie senior Blair Hollenbeck),” Simon said. “I don’t know if she scored once we put that on her, but we didn’t guard everybody else that could shoot. They had a heck of a shooting night, and we did not shoot like normal.”
In the third, Ingalls made it interesting, taking their first lead of the game with about 1:53 left and the score Ingalls 30, Pretty Prairie 28.
Eventually, however, Pretty Prairie took the lead, and Ingalls got into a position where they started trading baskets with Pretty Prairie, which they couldn’t do at that point, Simon said.
Overall, Ingalls finished the season 16-8. Thursday’s loss meant senior Ashlyn Cure played her final game in on the court for Ingalls. She finished with a game-high 21 points.
“I think they came a long way,” Simon said about her team’s season. “These were a fun group of girls to work with. Obviously we’re going to miss Ashlyn a lot next year, but my younger girls really kind of started to step up as the season progressed.”
Simon said if she had been asked in the middle of the season if she would have predicted her team getting to where it did, she said she wouldn’t have thought they would get there.
“They had no-quit attitudes once we got going in the second part of the season,” Simon said. “They just improved every game.”
Points each quarter:
- Ingalls: 4, 13, 16, 10 - 43
- Pretty Prairie: 13, 11, 10, 19 - 53
Player stats (FTs made, FTs attempted, Points)
- Ingalls: Ast 1-2, 1; Lightner 4-6, 10 ; Cure 4-4, 21; Beach 1-6, 5 ; Wall 0-0, 6
- Pretty Prairie: Harbaugh 0-1, 8; Hollenbeck 0-0, 11; Schrag 1-2, 13; Young 2-4, 14; Hendrickson 1-2, 5; Vogl 1-2, 1; Keeler 1-2, 1