Ignacio girls outsprint and outscore Ridgway

Steve Lewis/Durango Herald

After running 95 sprints in practice last week, Michelle Simmons and the Bobcats had no problem running past Grace Benasutti and Ridgway on Saturday at IHS.

By Jim Sojourner Herald staff writer

The Bobcats will be doing a lot fewer sprints next week.

After a 95-turnover tournament last weekend, the Ignacio High School girls basketball team lined up for 95 suicide sprints at practice this week.

They’d had enough of those.

Saturday night, the Bobcats handed Ridgway just 14 turnovers, while the extra conditioning they built with the soles of their basketball shoes helped them in contesting nearly every Demons’ dribble, pass and shot at IHS, and the Bobcats won by 14, 42-28.

“We’ve got scrappy guards, so we’ve got to play scrappy,” IHS head coach Justa Whitt said.

It helped that those scrappy guards didn’t ever seem to get tired. Credit all those sprints.

With just six girls suited up to play, the same couldn’t be said for the Demons. They struggled to break the Bobcats’ pressure, trap defense from the start, and as the game wore on, it didn’t get any better.

“Our defense was good when we needed it,” Sky Cotton said.

The Bobcats didn’t waste much time building a significant and lasting lead over Ridgway. By the end of the first quarter, the IHS girls led 15-6 en route to a 25-15 halftime score.

Behind a team-leading 12 points from Cotton, the Bobcats continued to build upon that, going up by as much as 40-20 in the third quarter – where the Demons were held scoreless – before foul trouble let the Demons narrow the gap. But the turnovers never stopped turning.

Michelle Simmons and Valerie Armstrong added nine points each for IHS.

“They did well,” Whitt said. “Effort on the front court was there.”


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