Shiprock didn’t get the 107 points they scored Thursday night, but half as many points still were enough for the Shiprock (N.M.) Invitational host to hand the Ignacio High School girls basketball team its first loss of the season, 57-39.
The Bobcats got within six points of the Chieftains in the second half of their Friday night game but couldn’t keep up with Shiprock’s “super-pressure defense” or their five-at-a-time substitution strategy.
“All of them are good players,” IHS head coach Justa Whitt said. “I think that kind of wore us down over the long term of the game and eventually won over our ability to stay focused.”
Mariah Vigil led the Bobcats with 16 points, eight rebounds and three steals, and Pam Cotton added eight points, eight more rebounds and three steals, too.
The Bobcats play Farmington for third place at 3:30 p.m. today.
Ignacio 44, Aztec 31
A switch in defensive scheme and some improved second-half scoring kept IHS girls basketball unbeaten until Friday.
The Bobcats rallied from an eight-point halftime deficit to top Aztec 44-31 in the opening round of the tournament on Thursday.
“We almost came out shellshocked. ... We struggled in the first half, but we had a regrouping in the locker room at halftime, and they came out and were composed,” Whitt said.
Vigil led the Bobcats (2-0) with 14 points to go with nine rebounds.
Cotton just missed a double-double with nine points and nine boards.
Ignacio turned a 22-14 halftime deficit into a 33-30 lead after three quarters, then held the Tigers (2-3) to just one point in the fourth.
Whitt said IHS moved away from a full-court press to a half-court defense in the fourth quarter, and it made a world of difference.