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Where there’s a will, there’s a way

Simmons’ 3-point play wills Ignacio to the Elite 8
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The Ignacio Bobcats scrapped their way to a 53-49 victory over Paonia on Saturday at Durango High School, winning their first regional championship in a decade. IHS (16-7) earned its first trip to the CHSAA Class 2A Girls Basketball State Championships’ elite eight since 2003.
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In a game with several lead changes, Ignacio High School rallied around senior point guard Michelle Simmons. She scored 20 points, none bigger than her full-court drive, three-point play to break a tie with 43 seconds left in the regional championship Saturday at Durango High School. IHS beat Paonia 53-49.
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Sky Cotton provided the framework for the Bobcats’ final margin of victory – a pair of free throws as time expired in Ignacio’s 53-49 victory over Paonia in the Class 2A Region 3 championship game Saturday at Durango High School.
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Pamela Cotton and the Bobcats listened to Ignacio first-year head coach Justa Whitt after their 14-turnover first half. They slowed down and focused on their offense, then advanced to the state tournament.
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“Holy ... I can’t say that,” IHS first-year head coach Justa Whitt said of Ignacio’s rollercoaster win. She was still wiping her eyes 10 minutes after the buzzer. Ignacio, for the first time since 2003, is going back to the state tournament.
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Pamela Cotton had her injured finger attended to, then she and the Bobcats buckled down to earn a 53-49 victory over Paonia on Saturday at Durango High School to win a regional championship.
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The Ignacio Bobcats – San Juan Basin League regular-season and district champions and now Class 2A Region 3 champions, too – are headed back to the CHSSA Class 2A Girls Basketball State Championships, their first elite eight appearance since 2003.
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Sky Cotton goes up for two of her four points in the Ignacio Bobcats’ 53-49 Class 2A Region 3 tournament-champinoship victory over the Paonia Eagles on Saturday at Durango High School.
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Valerie Armstrong scored 10 points in Ignacio’s victory Saturday at Durango High School, none bigger than a 3-pointer late in the game. “I think she knew what she had to do,” teammate Michelle Simmons said. “That’s her offense – 3-pointers. ... That’s what she does.”
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Class 2A Region 3

High School Basketball

CHSAA Class 2A Girls Basketball Regionals

Note: Ignacio’s regional only.

Region 3

March 8-9

Durango High School

Regional Semifinals

Friday, March 8

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