The Ignacio High School girls basketball team held a 28-19 lead at halftime and a 45-36 lead after three quarters.
Then things started to unravel for the Bobcats.
Nucla outscored Ignacio 21-12 in the third quarter and 8-7 in overtime to grind out a 65-64 comeback victory over the
visiting Bobcats on Tuesday night.
The Bobcats had a chance to win it from the foul line with two seconds left and the game tied at 57, but both attempts
were off the mark.
Another reason (Ignacio lost the game) was free throws," Bobcats varsity coach Brice Searles said. We missed 15, 16,17 free throws."
But, Searles said, more than just free throw shooting doomed the Bobcats in the final quarter.
Besides officiating that could probably go to another level, we turned the ball over a lot in the fourth quarter," he
said. We also didn't play good defense."
Although giving up a nine-point fourth-quarter lead can be deflating for a team, Searles said the Bobcats responded and
played well in the extra period, despite coming up a point short.
We had several opportunities to win the game," he said. We just blew a lot of them."
According to a news release, the Lady Mustangs were able to set the tempo in the fourth quarter by using full-court
Nucla coach Ann Wright also said that while both teams got into some foul trouble late in the game, Nucla's bench was
stronger down the stretch than Ignacio's (5-8 overall, 4-7 San Juan Basin League).
Mallory Pottorff and Taylor Zunich keyed the Lady Mustangs' dramatic comeback, scoring 16 points apiece. Nucla also had
two other scorers in double figures - Macaela Morris, who scored 13 points, and Katie Squires, who added 11.
The Bobcats were led by Rose Mirabal, who had 24 points and seven rebounds. Michelle Simmons added a double-double,with 13 points and 11 boards, and Sara Hutchinson had 11 points and four rebounds.
Ignacio will host Mancos on Friday and Telluride on Saturday in a pair of SJBL games.