IGNACIO – The Bobcats ran, ran, ran in Saturday night’s game against Sargent so they won’t have to run, run, run in Monday’s practice.
The Ignacio High School girls basketball team, after watching a 14-point second-half lead shrink to a nervous four points, used its pressing, swarming defense to run away with a 46-32 victory over Sargent on Saturday night.
It took a 14-2 sprint by the speedy Bobcats in the fourth quarter to secure the nonconference victory over the visiting Farmers from the San Luis Valley.
“Our coach ... told us that if we don’t win, we’re going to run Monday (at practice),” Ignacio senior Michelle Simmons said. “And we’ve been running a lot lately.”
Simmons and her Ignacio teammates conspired in the fourth quarter to keep their running to a minimum at Monday’s practice.
Sky Cotton scored two quick baskets after a pair of Simmons rebounds.
She scored a third basket on a fast break after taking a pass from Simmons, who added a spin move in the lane for another basket against the staggering Farmers.
Cotton, taking another pass after the Bobcats’ press produced yet another turnover, scored again on a lefty layup.
Mariah Vigil canned a putback basket to complete the dizzying 14-2 run in the fourth period that was controlled by the Bobcats, particularly after Sargent’s Skylar Eagles was forced out of the game in the third quarter with an injury.
Eagles, a high school All-American in rodeo, led the Farmers in scoring with 10 points, in spite of sitting out the fourth quarter and much of the third.
Savannah Plane added eight points for the Sargent girls, 2-7 overall.
Cotton led all scorers with 15 points, giving credit to the Ignacio defense that generated fast-break layups for the Bobcats.
“Our defensive pressure really boosted up (in the fourth quarter,” said Cotton, the daughter of Jennifer and Fred Cotton.
“Once we got into it (defensive pressure), we started rolling,” Cotton said.
Simmons added 12 points for the Ignacio girls, 6-7 overall.
Cloe Seibel scored eight points.
Seibel, Simmons, Cotton and Valerie Armstrong all had 3-pointers in the Ignacio win.
“The last couple games we played, we haven’t finished well,” Ignacio head coach Justa Whitt said.
“I told the girls (before the fourth quarter) that we have to finish this game.
“In fact, I told the girls that we were going to run (Monday) if we didn’t finish this game,” Whitt said.
She said the Bobcats switched their full-court pressure to start the fourth quarter.
“We gave them a new look, and it got us that extra oomph we needed,” Whitt said.
The Bobcats will return to San Juan Basin League play next weekend when they host Nucla on Friday.
Then, the Ignacio girls travel to Ouray on Saturday to continue league play.