Facing a bigger team for the first time this season, Bellarmine Prep could not contend with Inglemoor’s dominant size. Vikings sophomore forward Deja Strother – who stands at 6-foot-4 – and senior guard Kelly Conroy scored 20 points apiece as Inglemoor coasted to a 68-42 win in the 4A state regionals tonight at Jackson High School, ending the Lions’ season.
Ionna Price – who led the Lions with 17 points and seven rebounds – scored eight points in the first quarter as Bellarmine trailed just 19-12. But Conroy hit the second of her four three-pointers early in the second quarter to put Inglemoor up 26-13, and the Vikings’ pressure defense continued to cause problems for the Lions. Bellarmine committed 19 turnovers in the first half, which equaled the number of their shot attempts. Still, freshman Jayana Ervin’s steal and layup to beat the buzzer sent the Lions into the locker room trailing just 37-27.
But Conroy nailed two more threes as Inglemoor went on a 13-2 run to open the second half to take control. Strother continued to dominate in the paint, as she went 8-for-9 from the field and added 10 rebounds.
Ervin was impressive off the bench for the Lions, finishing with eight points, six rebounds and five steals while Jasmyne Holmes and Courtney Schwan tallied six points apiece for Bellarmine. Alex Hagen added 13 points for Inglemoor.