IHS coach wants more from his Bobcats

Ignacio basketball to host Ridgway in a doubleheader

Coach Chris Valdez wants more from his No. 5-ranked Ignacio High School boys basketball team.

And he wants it now.

“We’ve got to starting playing better guard-defense. We’ve got to stop people from beating us off the dribble,” Valdez said as the Bobcats prepare to host Ridgway today in a San Juan Basin League game.

“And we’ve got to get our transition game going,” he said of the Bobcats (7-2, 1-0 SJBL).

Valdez said the Bobcats have played a series of bigger schools at tournaments in New Mexico. Facing the bigger, deeper teams, Valdez said, made the Bobcats play a bit tentative.

“We need to be more aggressive. We’ve had a little trouble rebounding. We haven’t had the dominant rebounding that we should have,” said Valdez, in his 13th season as the IHS head coach.

Rebounding, he said, will help the Bobcats push the pace offensively.

“This is the time we’ve got to get more aggressive,” he said as the Bobcats head into the heart of the conference schedule.

“We’re still getting over some injures. But we’re more healthy than we’ve been.

“Now, we’ve got to go out and play like we’re healthy,” Valdez said.

Ridgway (2-4, 0-1 SJBL) lost last week to Norwood.

IHS was ranked No. 5 in Class 2A this week by The Denver Post.

The IHS girls also will be seeking their second consecutive SJBL victory when they take on the Ridgway girls at 5 p.m. today.

The boys game will follow at 6:30 p.m.

The Ignacio girls (4-5, 1-0 SJBL) beat Dolores their last time out, while the Ridgway girls (2-5, 0-2 SJBL) were scheduled to play Mancos on Friday night before traveling to Ignacio today.

Ignacio, Dove Creek, Telluride and Norwood all are unbeaten in league play on the girls side of the Class 1A/2A SJBL. Norwood (9-0) is ranked No. 2 in Class 1A by the Post.

dstrode@ durangoherald.com