Ingram sparks Westchester past HPCA
The Westchester Country Day School girls basketball team held cross-town rival High Point Christian Academy to just 10 points in the second half to cruise to a 34-22 victory Tuesday night.
Meghan Ingram led the way for the Wildcats, scoring 16 points and a pair of three point baskets.
“We lean on her a lot, we kind of go when she goes. She’s been our leading scorer this season and she has to consistently have good nights, and she was able to do that tonight,” WCDS head coach Kat Lyons said.
Westchester’s half-court man-to-man defense helped force the Cougars into 22 turnovers. HPCA was held to just 8-of-36 shooting, managing only three field goals in the second half.
“This is our first time this season where we played man-to-man defense for an entire game. We knew they were going to lack ball control and I felt comfortable with the way we were practicing to use it in the game,” Lyons said.
Westchester improves to 3-7.
With only a two-point advantage at halftime, Westchester used an 8-0 run at the end of the third quarter and only allowed one field goal in the fourth quarter to increase its lead. Ingram hit key field goals to allow the Wildcats to pull away, and got help from her teammate Kayla Darr, who chipped in 11 points.
“I think sometimes we just need to be reminded to be calm and that’s what coach said to us at halftime.” Ingram said. “We play well as a team, all of us together. If we can continue to stay positive and play consistent, I think we can win some more games.”
Ingram was happy to see her team move away from its normal zone offense and use a man-to-man defense, which applied pressure to the young, inexperienced Cougar offense.
“That’s my favorite defense, I was glad we stuck with it. I think it created more chances for us to take away the ball.” Ingram said.
Hailey Riffe and Alexa Couch led the Cougars with 10 points each.
The teams meet again in a month at Westchester.