The Bobcats will turn their full attention to the 1A/2A San Juan Basin League this week.
The Ignacio High School basketball teams charge right back into conference play tonight when they host Class 1A Norwood. The girls varsity game will start around 5:30 p.m. with the boys varsity game to follow.
The Ignacio boys (8-2 overall, 3-0 SJBL) scored their biggest win of the season Tuesday when the Bobcats stunned Class 3A Pagosa Springs 44-39. The road win helped IHS to the No. 6 ranking in Class 2A this week by The Denver Post.
But head coach Chris Valdez and the Bobcats are focused squarely on Norwood and Nucla Saturdays opponent.
We emphasize to our kids that you dont overlook anyone, Valdez said. You respect everyone, and you respect the game by giving 100 percent.
Valdez said the Bobcats have tried to keep their level of play up, something they worked on extensively last year with the powerful team that went on to finish second at state.
We dont want to fall into a trap of playing down a level, Valdez said.
We want our players to focus on one play at a time, one defensive stand at a time. Everyone has their individual battle.
If you win enough of those battles, you win the war, Valdez said.
He said Norwood will be a tough challenge with its good, quick guards.
Norwood is 6-4, 3-1 in league play.
Everybodys healthy, everybodys eligible ... were ready to go, Valdez said.
The girls varsity game tonight will feature another key showdown in the 1A/2A SJBL.
The Ignacio girls (3-6, 1-2) are coming off a strong showing against 3A powerhouse Pagosa Springs and the consolation title in the annual Kirtland Central Tournament the game before that.
Our girls played absolutely excellent basketball, Ignacio head coach Brice Searles said after the loss at Pagosa.
The Ignacio girls will face a hot team in the Norwood Mavericks, (8-1, 3-0), which moved atop the conference before the holiday break.