The Bobcats will be doing a lot fewer sprints next week.
After a 95-turnover tournament last weekend, the Ignacio High School girls basketball team lined up for 95 suicide sprints at practice this week.
Theyd had enough of those.
Saturday night, the Bobcats handed Ridgway just 14 turnovers, while the extra conditioning they built with the soles of their basketball shoes helped them in contesting nearly every Demons dribble, pass and shot at IHS, and the Bobcats won by 14, 42-28.
Weve got scrappy guards, so weve got to play scrappy, IHS head coach Justa Whitt said.
It helped that those scrappy guards didnt ever seem to get tired. Credit all those sprints.
With just six girls suited up to play, the same couldnt be said for the Demons. They struggled to break the Bobcats pressure, trap defense from the start, and as the game wore on, it didnt get any better.
Our defense was good when we needed it, Sky Cotton said.
The Bobcats didnt waste much time building a significant and lasting lead over Ridgway. By the end of the first quarter, the IHS girls led 15-6 en route to a 25-15 halftime score.
Behind a team-leading 12 points from Cotton, the Bobcats continued to build upon that, going up by as much as 40-20 in the third quarter where the Demons were held scoreless before foul trouble let the Demons narrow the gap. But the turnovers never stopped turning.
Michelle Simmons and Valerie Armstrong added nine points each for IHS.
They did well, Whitt said. Effort on the front court was there.