IGNACIO - After enjoying a ride on the offensive freeway, the Bobcats hit a roadblock Tuesday night.
The Ignacio High School girls basketball team lost to youthful Norwood 47-35, suffering at the offensive end and at the
foul line - especially late in the game.
We just mentally were not in this game," Ignacio head coach Brice Searles said.
We hung with them for awhile, but we weren't mentally prepared."
He said the Bobcats, who had surged offensively last month, could never get into an offensive flow against Norwood and
the Mavericks' big front line.
Again, missed free throws killed us," Searles said after watching the Bobcats convert just 4 of 16 opportunities.
And 11 missed layups hurt," he said.
Still, the Bobcats stayed within range of the taller Mavericks and standout freshman Harlie Williams, who scored 17
points in the first half alone Tuesday night.
Ignacio freshman Michelle Simmons completed two slashing drives down the lane for baskets in the second quarter,pulling the Bobcats to within
23-19 at the half.
Junior Rose Mirabal led an Ignacio third-quarter surge on the way to her team-high 15 points.
After a block at the defensive end, Mirabal raced the length of the court for a layup to keep the Bobcats close at
33-29 entering the fourth quarter.
But the scoring stopped there.
The Bobcats managed only one basket over the final 5:42 of the game, and that came with just seconds left.
Norwood, meanwhile, scored 14 fourth-quarter points to improve to 12-5 overall and 9-5 in the San Juan Basin
We did what we had to do," said Norwood head coach Jan Gillen, a Durango High School graduate and former basketball
coach in Farmington.
Gillen is married to Cindy Williams, a Norwood native and Fort Lewis College women's basketball alumna (1986-90).
We took care of the ball, and we also hit our free throws. And we did a good job of boxing out and getting rebounds,"
said Gillen, who ran out a starting five of two freshmen, two sophomores and one junior.
Now that the season's gone on, we've had some leaders step up," he said of his no-senior squad. And they all work so
Williams led Norwood with 19 points and 12 rebounds, while freshman point guard Shelby Brier added 16 points.
Lindsey Stindt had a double-double - 10 points and 10 rebounds - for Norwood.
Rose Mirabal had another good game for us," Searles said after the Bobcats slipped to 5-9 in league, 5-11 overall.
Mirabal scored eight consecutive points for the Bobcats in the third quarter.
Simmons finished with eight points, and Mariah Vigil scored five.
Now we know what we have ahead of us," Searles said, looking to the Bobcats' Friday-night rematch against the
Mavericks in Norwood.
The Bobcats will close the regular-season at home Saturday against Nucla.
Ignacio then will head to the SJBL Tournament in Dove Creek the following weekend.