The Ignacio High School girls basketball team bounced back Friday with a 45-38 victory over Belen, N.M., in the annual Kirtland Central Tournament.
We lit the fire under them, and they came out like gangbusters, Ignacio head coach Brice Searles said of the Bobcats.
A night earlier, Ignacio lost to host and powerhouse Kirtland Central 77-15.
Fridays game was completely different, Searles said.
It took the wrath of Khan to get them to play, but they went out there and played, Searles said.
Rose Mirabal led the Bobcats with 12 points and seven rebounds.
Michelle Simmons added eight points, five steals, four rebounds and four assists.
Val Armstrong, up from the JV team, had seven points and two rebounds.
Pam Cotton added six points and three rebounds.
Pam is up and coming. Shes done the work, and its showing, Searles said.
He said the Bobcats handled Belens full-court press, something they struggled with in the loss to Kirtland Central on Thursday.
We handled their press, and when we beat the press, for the most part, we scored, Searles said as the Ignacio girls improved to 2-5 overall.
Im happy with our defense, too, he said.
The Ignacio girls will play for the tournament consolation championship at 2 p.m. today in Kirtland.
In the loss to Kirtland Central, Searles said the tough home team took the Bobcats out of their game early.
They came out with pressure ... and took us out of the game, he said. We arent that strong in our decision-making ... we had 20 turnovers by halftime.
Kirtland Central led 40-6 at halftime and improved to 10-1.
They are a very good team, but we missed layups. We missed our opportunities, Searles said.
Dont get me wrong, they are a very, very good team ... a powerhouse down here, he said.
Simmons led Ignacio with seven points in Thursdays tournament opener for IHS.