BAYFIELD - The Wolverines are playing like a team of high-tech safecrackers on a roll - every combination is working.
The Bayfield High School girls basketball team, with a defensive mentality of thievery, used combination after combination Tuesday night, clicking to a 71-24 victory over Ignacio in a nonconference game.
The victory, with offensive and defensive contributions from seniors to freshmen, improved the BHS girls to 7-2 overall.
Their trapping defense and the starting seniors stifled the Bobcats from the start as the Wolverines bolted to a 15-2 lead midway through the first quarter.
Lindsey Shaw started the show with a 3-pointer from the right side on their opening possession. In less than 90 seconds, she added two steals and an assist.
By the time Bayfield led by 10, Shaw had five points, four steals and an assist.
Fellow senior Jordon Sirios followed with a sequence of nine points in the next 3 minutes.
Senior Lindsey Lind hit a basket for Bayfield.
Senior Mandy Sutton scored on a pass from senior Amanda Broad, and the Wolverines pushed the lead to 24-4.
A free throw from Ignacio's Rocio Garcia and a basket by Santana Rodriquez stopped the run with Bayfield leading 24-7 entering the second quarter.
From there, Bayfield coach Stephanie Dennison alternated her combinations, using several JV and freshmen players.
"We wanted to get some younger players some varsity court time, working with our seniors," Dennison said.
"We wanted to be able to work on their varsity game ... the intensity of the varsity game, the speed of the game," Dennison said.
Candace Shaw was the first freshman to score for Bayfield.
Freshman Kayla McCormick and classmate Breetta Moe also worked with the varsity players. They scored.
Junior Myra Dean and sophomore Jacey Sirios, varsity regulars, joined the combinations with 12 different Wolverines scoring in Tuesday's win.
Jordan Sirios led all scorers with 23 points.
Lindsey Shaw added 17 points and eight steals.
Sutton finished with six for Bayfield.
Candace Shaw, Jacey Sirios, Lind and Dean added four points each.
Senior Tasha Herrera led Ignacio, 0-4, with 13 points.
Rodriquez added four points. Elisa Gallegos, Garcia and Katelyn Sivers also added points for the Bobcats.
The victory was the second key home win in a row for the Wolverines, who beat league foe and perennial Intermountain League power Centauri on Saturday. Bayfield is 1-0 in the IML.
Defense played a major role in that victory, much like Tuesday's win, Dennison said.
"I've always been a defensive coach more than an offensive coach," she said, reflecting on the annoying zone/trap - a press the Wolverines learned before Dennison arrived.
"They had that press before I got here," she said. "They know it; they know how to use it."
Dennison even used sibling combinations Tuesday.
At one point, she fielded a Bayfield lineup that included sisters Jordan and Jacey Sirios and sisters Laurel and Kayla McCormick.
The Bayfield girls return to Intermountain League play at Monte Vista on Friday night. They play at Navajo Prep on Saturday afternoon.
The Ignacio girls go for their first win of the season Friday night at Norwood. The Bobcats will host Ridgway on Saturday afternoon in another San Juan Basin League game.