IGNACIO The Wolverines version of the Pine River Press works just fine a few miles down the river.
The Bayfield High School girls basketball team, converting defense into offense with full-court pressure, outpressed Ignacio 72-46 on Tuesday night in the annual Pine River rivalry game.
The Wolverines and their smothering defense triggered the decisive run in the final 2:53 of the first quarter.
Bayfield went from a 7-6 deficit to a 21-7 lead in a three-minute span with forced turnovers, fastbreak layups and 3-pointers.
Once we got the breakaways, it brought our energy up a lot, said Bayfield senior Tia Neeley, who played a vital role in the Wolverines pesky defense that forced 24 IHS turnovers.
And once we started running the offense, we ... hit our shots, Neeley said. Sometimes we go out there and go crazy, but (Tuesday night), we ran the offense.
The offensive production in the 15-0 run at the end of the opening quarter included two 3-pointers from senior Breetta Moe, who returned to the lineup coming off an ankle injury.
The offense also netted 26 points for senior Kayla Strobel and 21 for fellow senior Candace Shaw.
In addition to the 15-0 run, the Wolverines also had a 14-2 run in he second quarter and a 16-4 run in the third quarter.
Those runs were great, but I wish wed played more consistently all the way through, Bayfield head coach Ronnie Posey said.
We did take advantage ... but we had nine turnovers and six missed layups in the first 20 possessions, Posey said.
But once the Wolverines settled down, he said they played well.
We just needed to hit our stride, he said after the Wolverines, ranked No. 9 in Class 3A by coloradopreps.com, improved to 15-3.
The frustration of the turnovers accumulated for us, said Ignacio head coach Brice Searles, who said the Bobcats played like they were under pressure.
Trying too hard ... missed opportunities and missed shots, he said.
By his count, Searles said the Bobcats missed 14 short shots and layups.
And we had some bad decision-making with our press breakers, he said.
But our effort was good, he said.
Junior Michelle Simmons led IHS with 11 points. More significantly, she chased down 15 rebounds.
Michelle always plays that way. Shes an effort-driven athlete, Searles said.
Mariah Vigil added 10 points for Ignacio (9-9). Val Armstrong scored nine, and Cloe Seibel added six points and Sky Cotton three.
Ignacio will play Feb. 24 at the San Juan Basin District Tournament in Cortez. Bayfield will host Monte Vista on Thursday in their conference finale.