Behind a smothering defense and the play of Mallory Russell, Ingomar ran past Division 1-2A foe New Site 46-19 to claim the MHSAA Girls Class 2A State Championship for the third straight year at the Mississippi Coliseum on Friday afternoon.
This is the Lady Falcons tenth state title in school history.
“The one this was about being patient and don’t get over aggressive,” said Ingomar coach Trent Adair. “This one is just as special as the first one. The one last year feels like three years ago.”
Mallory Russell, who is a Northwest CC signee and is coming off an ACL injury last season, would have nine points and six rebounds to lead Ingomar and was named the games Most Valuable Player.
“This is awesome,” Russell said. “Felt great to back out there at this time of year. The injuries tell you not to take days for granted and have been blessed to go out there and do what I love to do.”
Lindsay Hall would also have nine points for Ingomar, while Gara Beth Self, Maggie Smithey and Jatyjia Jones all had seven points each for the Lady Falcons (37-1).
“What makes us so good is our togetherness,” Hall said. “There’s no words to describe winning three in a row and it being my senior is just awesome.”
Ingomar never trailed, but New Site would begin the game by holding the ball and the Lady Falcons up just 3-0 at the end of the first quarter and then up 11-2 at halftime.
Ingomar would then outscore the Lady Royals 15-4 in the third quarter to go up 28-6 and to pull away.
“Being discipline was the main thing. We prepared for everything that they were throwing at us,” Adair said. “I’m extremely proud of the girls for changing the culture of our program. This was the exclamation point for the seniors to go out winning three in a row.”
Mackenzie Downs had six points to lead New Site, while Madison Pharr added four points for Lady Royals (24-11).
New Site began the game by holding the ball and Ingo