MEXICO — Anyssia Ingersoll scorched the nets for 31 points in the Mexico varsity girls basketball team’s 56-44 win over Phoenix during Senior Day on Saturday at Mexico High School.
“I thought it was a great game. I thought the kids played great,” Mexico coach Dominick Anthony said. “I told them after the game that I think that is the most together we have played all year. They were sharing the basketball and communicating. It was great to see.”
Ingersoll’s scoring was a big factor in the victory over the Firebirds. She tallied 17 of her points right off the bat in the first half.
Zianna Gorton added 11 points, and Melisa Button contributed six points.
Taylor Petrie, who led Phoenix with 16 points, hit four 3-pointers throughout the course of the game. Emma Clark tossed in nine points.
Prior to the start of the game, Mexico seniors Alexis Lemon and Bella Brownell were honored for their contributions to the Tigers’ basketball program. The emotions from the pregame ceremony appeared to transfer into the meeting against the Firebirds.
“Senior Night can be tricky. You have a lot of emotions going, but they held it together great, not just the seniors but the entire team,” Anthony said.
In the final game of the regular season, Mexico was locked in and took control early. The team had a 24-18 lead at halftime. Button provided four points off the bench to help provide energy for the Tigers.
Mexico kept building off that energy heading into the third quarter as it went on an 8-0 run for a 40-29 advantage at the end of the third quarter. Ingersoll had seven points, and Gorton chipped in six points during the third quarter.
Mexico extended its lead early in the fourth, but Phoenix went on a 10-0 run to pull to within 49-39 with two minutes left in the game. Emma Clark scored five points in the fourth for Phoenix, including a 3-point basket.
Mexico’s defense proved to be a key factor in the late stages of the final quarter to secure the win.
“We make it a focus to win on the defensive side of the ball, and we did that. We were crashing the glass hard, and we were taking certain people away. With that, we were able to get out in the open floor,” Anthony said.