MONTEZUMA — South Gray’s Rebels boys and Ingalls’ Lady Bulldogs were fresh off impressive showings in last week’s tournament play in Cimarron and Fowler.

On Tuesday night, both the Rebels and the Lady Bulldogs continued their strong start to the 2014-15 season with respective lopsided victories at South Gray Gymnasium.

Mark Applegate’s Rebels opened up a 21-8 first quarter lead and never looked back in an 81-44 rollover against the Bulldogs.

Roger Thurlow’s Lady Bulldogs, unlike some earlier starts, sped out of the gate early against the Lady Rebels, scoring the first eight points, finishing the opening quarter with a 25-6 lead to eventually roll on to a 61-36 triumph over the Lady Rebels.

Boys

So. Gray 81, Ingalls 44

Applegate liked what he saw as his state-ranked Class 2A squad remained spotless for the early season. His Rebels can now take a couple of weeks to prepare for their Jan. 6 showdown at home with Spearville.

“We played well and shared the ball,” Applegate said of his team, which also shot the ball well, hitting 37-of-66 field goals for a blistering 56 percent. “We ran our offense, and we’ve been shooting the ball well.”

Defensively, the Rebels forced Ingalls into 17 turnovers while committing just 11 miscues themselves.

“Our defense has been good, and we’re getting balanced scoring from our top two or three players, which makes it harder to defend,” Applegate said. “Tonight, we worked on different things defensively, but anytime you’ve three in double figures consistently, it’s tougher to defend.”

With a big lead of 46-20 at halftime, and 70-39 at the end of the third, a running clock kicked in for the fourth quarter.

His two-guard combo of Tate Skinner and Carson Skidmore led the way with 21 and 14 points, respectively, while three others tallied eight points each. One of those, Jake Peters, was just returning from offseason injury, and also added a game-high 11 rebounds in limited time on the floor.

“He adds a lot to us, and once he gets into playing shape, we’ll be a lot deeper,” Applegate said of Peters.

Ingalls, which saw its record slip to 1-4 before a Thursday game at Ashland, got 15 points from Colton Schmidt. The Bulldogs made 18-of-51 field goals (35.2 percent) and were just 4 of 19 from 3-point range (21 percent).

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Ingalls (44) — McFall 0-2 0-0 0, Blumer 1-7 0-0 2, Osborne 0-1 0-0 0, Dwyre 3-15 2-2 9, Baxa 2-5 0-2 4, Meier 0-1 0-2 0, Schmidt 6-12 0-0 15, Teeter 2-2 1-3 5, Whipple 4-6 3-4 11. Totals 18-51 6-13 44.

So. Gray (81) — Skidmore 6-9 1-3 14, T. Skinner 9-13 0-0 21, L. Skinner 2-5 0-0 4, J. Peters 4-5 0-0 8, P. Martens 2-5 0-0 5, Giesbrecht 2-3 0-0 4, Ray 0-1 0-0 0, Loewen 0-1 0-0 0, Ponce 1-1 0-0 2, G. Peters 2-3 0-0 4, M. Martens 4-6 0-0 8, Miller 4-9 0-0 8, Watson 1-2 0-0 3, Holloway 0-1 2-2 2, Griebel 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 37-66 3-5 81.

Ingalls 8 12 19 5 — 44

So. Gray 21 25 24 11 — 81

3-point goals—Ingalls 4-19 (Blumer 0-4, Dwyre 1-5, Baxa 0-1, Meier 0-1, Schmidt 3-8), So. Gray 6-12 (Skidmore 1-1, T. Skinner 3-4 L. Skinner 0-2, P. Martens 1-2, Miller 0-1, Watson 1-1, Griebel 0-1). Rebounds—Ingalls 22 (Whipple 6), So. Gray 44 (J. Peters 11). Fouls—Ingalls 10, So. Gray 13. Fouled out—none.

Girls

Ingalls 61, So. Gray 36

Thurlow and the Lady ‘Dogs, who return four starters from a year ago, wasted little time in establishing their dominance.

Kaisha Batman scored 13 of her game-high 21 points in the opening half as Thurlow watched his team’s defense force South Gray into 18 first-half turnovers, including 12 in the first period.

“Tonight’s exactly the flip of what we’ve done in the earlier games,” Thurlow said, noting his team had been sluggish to begin contests. “When we go pressure, we seem to play our best. When we’re not aggressive, we don’t do so well.”

Thurlow also liked the early free-throw shooting of the Lady Bulldogs, cashing in 10 straight before missing two late in the second quarter. For the game, the Lady ‘Dogs knocked down 21-of-26 charities.

“Never had a team shoot that many that well since I’ve been here,” Thurlow said. “If we can do that on a regular basis, we’ll be tougher because we’re gonna be aggressive and take it to the basket as much as we can.”

Balanced scoring was also a trademark in Tuesday’s win, with Batman leading three other teammates into double-digit efforts. Hope Beach dropped in 11 while Jasmine Renick and Bulma Galaviz each tallied 10 points.

Batman, the top returning scorer for Ingalls from a year ago, said she liked the way the team got off to the fast start.

“We wanted to work more as a team, and not so much as individuals,” Batman said. “We’ve all played together for a long time, so our chemistry is really good.”

The 5-6 junior said turnovers continue to plague the team, something to be worked on during the upcoming holiday break. At the same time, she said the team’s defense had been pretty good.

“We like to run the floor, and that begins with our defense,” Batman said. “The trap has been working for us, and that’s improved. Our rebounding has to get better since we don’t have as much size. We’ve got to get to our spots and block out, and be stronger.”

When the Lady ‘Dogs liberally substituted at the outset of the fourth quarter, South Gray quickly took advantage and whittled a 44-22 lead down to 44-30.

Thurlow had to then insert his starters back in and Batman and her teammates went right back to work, extending the lead to 51-30 in just over two minutes.

The Lady Bulldogs, who went 3-0 in the Fowler Goldbug round-robin last week, are now 5-0 to start the season. They conclude the 2014 portion of their schedule on Thursday at Ashland. South Gray slips to 2-3 after a third-place finish in last week’s Cimarron Bluejay Invitational. The Lady Rebels are idle until the Jan. 6 game with Spearville.

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Ingalls (61) — Simon 0-1 1-2 1, Andazola 1-4 2-2 4, Beach 3-7 4-6 11, Batman 9-15 2-4 21, Droste 0-2 0-0 0, Renick 2-9 6-6 10, Teichroeb 0-1 0-0 0, Loewen 1-2 2-2 4, Galaviz 3-4 4-4 10. Totals 19-45 21-26 61.

So. Gray (36) — Salmans 0-1 0-0 0, Watson 0-1 0-0 0, E. Wright 0-1 0-0 0, Davis 1-1 0-0 3, W. Wright 3-6 0-1 6, Torres 3-8 0-0 8, Unruh 1-3 0-1 2, Dirks 5-13 2-2 13, Titus 0-0 0-1 0, Millershaski 0-2 0-0 0, Sidebottom 0-1 0-0 0, Axtell 1-4 0-0 2. Totals 14-41 2-5 36.

Ingalls 25 10 9 17 — 61

So. Gray 6 9 7 14 — 36

3-point goals—Ingalls 2-3 (Beach 1-1, Batman 1-2), So. Gray 4-9 (Davis 1-1, Torres 2-5, Dirks 1-3). Rebounds—Ingalls 29 (Galaviz 7), So. Gray 33 (Dirks 9). Turnovers—Ingalls 22, So. Gray 33. Fouls—Ingalls 14, South Gray 22. Fouled out—So. Gray (Millershaski).