Wolverines’ win No. 3 was a ‘long-time coming’

After a regular season full of disappointment, a playoff win was a “long-time coming.”

Bayfield High School won just two games all regular season, but when it mattered most, when the Wolverines’ boys basketball season was on the line, BHS won to see another game.

Bayfield beat Monte Vista 49-33 on Tuesday night in the Intermountain League pigtail game to reach this weekend’s IML Tournament.

“It was a super-good game,” BHS head coach Bill Hesford said Tuesday night from Monte Vista. “The kids played a really, really good game.”

Bayfield solved the Pirates’ 2-3 zone defense, won the rebounding battle, then earned the victory with a widespread offensive attack.

“We got really balanced scoring, and that’s something we’ve struggled with all season long,” Hesford said.

Geoff Pope led BHS with 11 points, and the Wolverines’ guard added six rebounds and two assists.

Joey Webb had 10 points and five rebounds.

Preston Hardy had eight points and 11 rebounds, and Tyler Kerr had eight points and five rebounds.

John Fisher scored six points for the Wolverines.

“Our seniors played a lot of minutes,” Hesford said. “Clearly, they didn’t want to be done playing yet.”

And they’re not.

Bayfield (3-17) will play Pagosa Springs (17-2) at 6 p.m. Friday in the two-day IML Tournament in Alamosa.