DODGE CITY — The Pretty Prairie Bulldogs beat the Ingalls Bulldogs 53-43 Thursday night, ending Ingalls’ season in the sub-state semifinal game at Dodge City Community College.

Pretty Prairie will face South Central for the girls sub-state title. That game is scheduled for 6 p.m. Saturday.

Thursday’s game between the two teams was largely decided by Pretty Prairie's ability to hit open shots, 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.

“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, 30-28.

Eventually, however, Pretty Prairie re-took the lead, and Ingalls got into a position where the Bulldogs 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.”

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Pretty Prairie 54, Ingalls 43

Ingalls;4;13;16;10;—;43

Pretty Prairie;13;11;10;19;—;53

Full box score was unavailable at time of press.

 

Ulysses 43, Buhler 31

The Ulysses Tigers breezed their way to the Class 4A sub-state final by defeating the Buhler Crusaders, 43-31, Thursday night in Ulysses.

While the Tigers won by 12 points, the margin was deceptive as Buhler made a late charge to pull closer. The Tigers had really made it out of reach for the Crusaders early on, allowing Buhler to score just 12 points in the first three quarters. A 19-point quarter from Buhler cut the lead, but Ulysses was too much early and held on to win.

Defensively, Ulysses only allowed four Crusaders to score the entire game. Senior Gina Ballesteros led the Tigers in points with 11, and was the only player for Ulysses to finish with double figures.

Ulysses will now host Wamego (42-40 winners over Wellington) in Saturday’s 6 p.m. final.

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Buhler (31): Castillega 4 0-0 8, Haney 2 4-4 9, Oglevie 3 0-1 6, Garcis 2 1-4 Edwards 1 1-2 3, Ballesteros 3 3-5 11. Totals 15 9-16 43.

Ulysses (43): Miller 3 1-3 8, Owens 4 3-5 12, Epp 2 4-4 9, Stutterheim 1 0-1 2. Totals 10 8-15 31.

BUH;3;6;3;19;—;31

ULY;4;18;12;9;—;43

3-point goals: Buhler 3 (Miller 1, Owens 1, Epp 1), Ulysses 4 (Ballesteros 2, Haney 1, Garcia 1).

 

South Gray 54, Cunningham 43

After dominating their regional tournament, the South Gray Rebels continue their quest for a spot in the state tournament, defeating the Cunningham Wildcats, 54-43, Thursday night in Pratt, in the sub-state semifinal.

The Rebels came out of the gates swinging, going on a 19-4 run in the first quarter, blowing open the game. The Wildcats did have a late push, scoring 24 in the final quarter to cut the lead to nine points, but South Gray held on to advance to the sub-state championship game.

South Gray’s Christy Wiebe was the game’s leading scorer with 21 points, 12 of which came from behind the three-point line.

The Rebels will now face the Spearville Lancers Saturday night in Pratt. Winner advances to the state tournament.

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South Gray (54): Tarn 2 0-0 5, Weibe 6 5-8 21, Nagle 1 1-2 3, Martens 2 0-0 4, Askew 7 1-1 15, Peters 3 0-0 6. Totals 21 7-11 54.

Cunningham (43): A McGuire 1 0-0 2, M. McGuire 2 0-0 4, Panek 2 1-2 5, Meyers 3 2-4 9, H. McGuire 3 0-3 7, DeWeese 2 2-3 4, Murphy 4 2-2 12. Totals 17 7-17 43.

SG;19;4;13;18;--;54

CUN;3;4;12;24;--;43

3-point goals: South Gray 5 (Wiebe 4, Tarn 1), Cunningham 5 (Murphy 2, Meyers 1, McGuire 1).