Avionne Gomez etched her name into the state record book Thursday.
The Ignacio High School junior girls basketball player scored 34 points and made ten 3-point shots to tie the Colorado record for most 3-pointers made by an individual in a girls basketball game.
“I was shaking,” Gomez said of her play in the fourth quarter after finding out she was one 3 away from the mark. “I wanted to break it, or at least tie it.
“It was really special. I wanted to have a good game for the seniors so they could remember their senior night forever. I’m excited to be part of that.”
Gomez’s effort was part of a 78-31 home win against Mancos for the Bobcats (12-6, 9-1 2A San Juan Basin League).
“I had no idea about the record until she hit nine,” IHS head coach Shane Seibel said. “I pulled her out, but my assistant (Trae Seibel) said, ‘Hey coach, she’s one away.’ I turned around to ask Avi if she wanted it. The team answered for her, ‘Yes, we want Avi to go get it.’”
Gomez joined Alamosa’s Kern Alsbaugh, Trinidad’s Ashleigh Ackerman, D’Evelyn’s Holly Reinke and Anna Ptasinski of Regis Jesuit in the record book.
Freshman Morgan Herrera added 17 points and 11 rebounds in her first game as a captain. Seibel gave her the honor before the game.
“I challenged the entire team after our loss to Pagosa on Tuesday,” Seibel said. “Morgan has proven herself on the court and off the court. Her teammates listen to what she has to say. She’s not a very big talker, but when she does, the team listens.”
Up next for Ignacio is a trip Saturday to Ouray. A win would give the Bobcats a league championship via tiebreaker against Norwood. A loss would give the title to Norwood.
Boys BasketballIgnacio 75, Mancos 51Ignacio made six 3-pointers in the third quarter to run away from Mancos.
Johnny Valdez scored 21 points, Joaquin King added 11 and Kruz Pardo finished with 10 to help the Bobcats (13-4, 11-0 SJBL) beat Mancos on senior night.
IHS led 16-10 after the first quarter and 39-23 at halftime. That lead grew to 59-36 going into the fourth quarter.
Valdez added six rebounds, four steals and three assists. Clay Seibel led the team with seven assists, and Pardo added five.
Kai Roubideaux continued his impressive rebounding with 11. Cole McCaw added four steals.
Durango 34, Pagosa Springs 32The Demons beat the Pirates by a basket Thursday night.
In a non-classification game, Class 4A Durango improved to 18-3 overall with a narrow win against Class 3A Pagosa Springs (8-11).
No statistics were made available at deadline Thursday.
Durango’s boys and girls will host Montrose in a 4A/5A Southwestern League matchup Friday. Senior guard Katrina Chandler on the girls team will have a chance to surpass 1,000 career points. Tip-off of the girls game is scheduled for 5:30 p.m., with a 7 p.m. boys start.