Ignacio’s ‘fantastic comeback’ falls two points shy

Herald Staff Report

Two points shy.

And given the Ignacio Bobcats’ first half of play, a two-point loss is remarkable.

Denver Christian led 23-8 at the half, led by as many as 19 points, then held on for a 35-33 regional victory over the Ignacio High School girls basketball team Friday in Grand Junction.

Ignacio’s seasons ends with a 10-11 overall record.

Denver Christian (17-5) will play for the Class 2A Region 5 Tournament championship today in Grand Junction.

“We made a fantastic comeback,” IHS coach Brice Searles said. “We gave ourselves a chance to win.”

Ignacio turned Denver Christian over in the waning seconds, then managed to move the ball into the frontcourt but couldn’t get a shot off before the game ended.

Searles said it was “simple chemistry” rather than nerves that did in the Bobcats early in Friday’s playoff game – “We were just a bit impatient at times,” he said.

After a “major talk” at the half, “we came out like gangbusters,” Searles said.

“Our defense was outstanding,” he said.

For Ignacio:

Mariah Vigil led the Bobcats with 10 points. She added five rebounds, too.

Cloe Seibel was “outstanding,” Searles said of the sophomore. She had eight points, seven rebounds, three assists and three steals.

Michelle Simmons had seven points, seven rebounds, five steals and a blocked shot.

Val Armstrong hit a “big 3” in the final minute to pull IHS within two, and she finished with five points and four rebounds.

Pam Cotton rounded out the Bobcats’ scoring with three points. She had a team-high 10 rebounds, with a pair of blocks and two steals.

“Hats off to my team,” said Searles, who has led the Bobcats to the postseason all three years he’s coached the girls basketball program. “Everybody gave a heck of an effort.”

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