Lady ’Cats: Move aside, Mancos
Written by: Joel Priest
With Cloe Seibel scoring 11 (of her game-high 15) points in a 19-0 third quarter, an already-good thing became all the greater for the Ignacio Lady Bobcats last Saturday evening.
With nine out of 11 players scoring, IHS led 11-2 after one quarter at home, 28-8 after two and 47-8 through three in a thorough 56-16 mashing of Mancos in San Juan Basin League action. And not only did it give first-year head coach Justa Whitt her tenth victory, Ignacio also improved to 4-0 against the circuit’s Class 2A side—a.k.a. the ‘District Tournament’ side, for those looking ahead to the postseason.
“We did what we were supposed to do out there,” Whitt said simply.
Sky Cotton finished with 10 points, including six on consecutive treys early in the second that put IHS up 17-4. Mariah Vigil (five points) then followed with a layup created by a steal, and Lady Jays boss Josh Kitchen could only call timeout, 5:35 still before halftime, in anticipation of the runaway about to transpire.
Mancos reserve Maya Bonde’s putback of an offensive rebound with 5:59 left in the game was her team’s first points of the second half, and fellow backup Whitney Gustafson’s later free-throw make was MHS’ lone charity chuck in 13 attempts.
Gabriela Garcia and Jordan Cuthair scored seven apiece for the Lady ’Cats (10-7, 5-1 SJBL), Michelle Simmons added six (five in the first), and Valerie Armstrong, Pam Cotton and Chrystianne Valdez each scored two.
Megan Hess’ four points led MHS (2-13, 1-8), Kayla Goff scored three, and Bonde, Taylor Goff, Alaena Keller and Andie Paschal—who scored the game’s very first basket—each finished with two.
Up next for IHS will be a trip to Telluride tomorrow for their first look at the Lady Miners. The regular season then concludes next Saturday when SJBL 1A powerhouse Norwood visits IHS Gymnasium.