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The prodigal ’Cat

Justa Whitt is back, and another Elite 8 is at the center
As senior co-captain Pamela Cotton knows, Ignacio High School head coach Justa Whitt can be demanding, but her soft hand also has steered the Bobcats back to their first elite eight in 10 years. “She’s coaching aggressively; she’s got the kids working hard, and the kids are working hard for her,” IHS athletic director Rocky Cundiff said.
Ignacio’s prodigal daughter is back. Twenty years ago, Justa Whitt moved from Ignacio High School to Durango High School, which eventually helped earn her a spot on the University of Colorado’s elite eight basketball team. Now, she’s coaching the Bobcats in their third-ever state tournament elite eight appearance. “And that’s one of the main reasons I coach: to give back what I was given,” Whitt said.
Listed at 5-4, sophomore Sky Cotton doesn’t have the typical basketball player build. She makes up for it with smart, aggressive play, taught by 6-5 head coach and former collegiate center Justa Whitt. “That’s definitely helped them not be afraid of bigger players,” Whitt said.
Akron (24-0) vs. Ignacio (16-7)

For just the third time in program history and the first since 2003, the Ignacio High School girls basketball team will compete in the CHSAA Class 2A Girls Basketball State Championships.

Ignacio earned the No. 8 seed in its first elite eight in a decade, and the Bobcats’ reward is No. 1 and undefeated Akron.

Akron (24-0) will play Ignacio (16-7) at 10:15 a.m. Thursday at Massari Fieldhouse on the CSU-Pueblo campus in Pueblo. Akron and Ignacio are the first of four quarterfinals Thursday in the double elimination bracket.

No. 3 Vanguard (23-1) will play No. 6 Yuma (19-4) in Game 2 at 1:15 p.m.

No. 2 Lutheran (23-0), the only other undefeated team in the field, will play No. 7 Simla (20-4) at 5:30 p.m.

No. 4 Sangre de Cristo (22-2) will play No. 5 Peyton (20-4) at 8:30 p.m.

The Akron-Ignacio winner will play the Sangre de Cristo-Peyton winner in the state semifinals at 8:30 p.m. Friday. The winners of the other quarterfinals will play the other semifinal at 5:30 p.m. Friday.

The Akron-Ignacio loser will play the Sangre de Cristo-Peyton loser in the consolation semifinals at 10:15 a.m. Friday. The losers of the other quarterfinals will play the other consolation semifinal at 1:15 p.m. Friday.

The consolation championship will be played at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, the third-place game at 4 p.m. Saturday and the championship game at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in Pueblo.

Here’s a look at the Bobcats’ quarterfinal matchup:

Akron High School

Enrollment: 120

colors: Blue, white and red

Nickname: Rams

league: Lower Platte (10-0)

Coach: Rick Agan, third year

Roster: Jordan Baer, 5-10, sophomore; Karli Christensen, 6-8, sophomore; Gail Hall, 5-7, junior; Ashley Holtorf, 5-8, junior; Lizzie Holtorf, 5-4, sophomore; Taylor Krause, 5-7, junior; Sidney Merrill, 6-1, senior captain; Danae Michalis, 5-3, sophomore; AJ Miller, 5-10, freshman; Ally Vazquez, 5-9, senior captain; Megan Woods, 5-5, senior captain; Morgan Woods, 5-5, senior captain.

Ignacio High School

Enrollment: 210

colors: Red, white and black

Nickname: Bobcats

league: San Juan Basin (7-1)

Coach: Justa Whitt, first year

Roster: Valerie Armstrong, 5-10, senior captain; Pam Cotton, 5-9, senior captain; Sky Cotton, 5-4, sophomore; Jordan Cuthair, 5-0, senior captain; Gabs Garcia, 5-7, junior; Ellie Seibel, 5-8, freshman; Cloe Seibel, 5-4, junior; Michelle Simmons, 5-6, senior captain; Chrystianne Valdez, 5-1, freshman; Mariah Vigil, 5-9, senior captain; Roshae Weaver, 5-6, junior.

Durango Herald

The prodigal ’Cat

As senior co-captain Pamela Cotton knows, Ignacio High School head coach Justa Whitt can be demanding, but her soft hand also has steered the Bobcats back to their first elite eight in 10 years. “She’s coaching aggressively; she’s got the kids working hard, and the kids are working hard for her,” IHS athletic director Rocky Cundiff said.
Ignacio’s prodigal daughter is back. Twenty years ago, Justa Whitt moved from Ignacio High School to Durango High School, which eventually helped earn her a spot on the University of Colorado’s elite eight basketball team. Now, she’s coaching the Bobcats in their third-ever state tournament elite eight appearance. “And that’s one of the main reasons I coach: to give back what I was given,” Whitt said.
Listed at 5-4, sophomore Sky Cotton doesn’t have the typical basketball player build. She makes up for it with smart, aggressive play, taught by 6-5 head coach and former collegiate center Justa Whitt. “That’s definitely helped them not be afraid of bigger players,” Whitt said.
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