By RANDY GONZALES
Special to the Telegram
HAYS — It was apparent early on the top-seeded Ingalls girls were going to win big in their state opener Thursday night.
Coach Roger Thurlow just didn't want to embarrass No. 8 seed Colony-Crest.
Ingalls jumped out to a big early lead and coasted to a 70-24 win in the quarterfinals of the Class 1A, Division II State Championships at Gross Memorial Coliseum.
"You don't want to embarrass anyone or make them feel bad," Thurlow said. "They are a state team; they won their sub-state.
"They should be proud of their season," he added.
Ingalls (22-2) went on a 19-0 run to start the game and led 32-5 after the first quarter.
"I thought pretty early we were going to take care of business," Thurlow said. "At the same time, we're going to have a tough matchup (Friday). We need to be mentally ready.
"Physically, probably didn't get the challenge we're going to get the rest of the weekend here," he added.
Ingalls will play No. 4 seed Hutchinson-Central Christian in today's 6:30 p.m. semifinals. Central Christian (21-3) was a 60-46 winner over Victoria in Thursday's final game of the night.
Thurlow gave his starters as many minutes he could without running up the score too much. Still, he wondered if he did the right thing playing his regulars as much as he did.
"I really didn't know what to do," Thurlow said. "I might have left the trap on too long; I might have left the varsity in there too long.
"It's a situation (in postseason) I hadn't been in before," he added.
Ingalls led 44-10 at halftime, and after his starters played about the first three minutes of the second half, Thurlow sat them for good.
Senior Taylor Bleumer led Ingalls with 19 points, followed by sophomore Rebecca Wyatt with 14 points, and senior Janae Droste scored 10.
Colony-Crest (6-18) got eight points from sophomore Emily Frank.