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Ignacio girls breeze by Bayfield

Road win gives IHS sweep of season pair
Bayfield's Renae Foutz (14) thinks quickly on – or off – her toes how best to put up a tough shot between Ignacio's Marissa Olguin (3) and Maci Barnes (1) during the teams' second 2023-24 meeting Saturday afternoon inside BHS Gymnasium. (Joel Priest/Special to the Herald)

Ignacio girls basketball coach Trae Seibel had just one concern going into the Bobcats’ 3A/4A Intermountain League contest Saturday at Bayfield: A ‘hangover’ from the previous night’s thrilling upset win at Pagosa Springs.

They came ready.

Bayfield senior guard Renae Foutz and senior forward Madison Mead fouled out seven seconds apart near the midway mark of the fourth quarter. Moments after the latter’s disqualification, Ignacio sophomore guard Alyssa Atencio sank a 3-pointer increasing the Bobcats’ lead to 36 points – enacting CHSAA’s 35-point ‘mercy’ rules – en route to a 52-13 win.

Ignacio improved to 7-8 overall and 3-4 in league play. Bayfield fell to 3-11 overall and 0-7 in league action.

Picking up where she left off against the potent Lady Pirates, Ignacio junior guard Marissa Olguin drilled two first quarter 3s, helping Ignacio build a 16-0 lead in the opening eight minutes.

The Bobcats then went inside during the second quarter, with senior center Solymar Cosio equaling her two first quarter baskets, then making four of five free-throw attempts (IHS went 9 of 11 from the charity stripe during the second quarter). Ignacio went into halftime up 33-6, having held the Wolverines scoreless for the first 11:32 of regulation.

Foutz, who picked up her fifth personal foul with 4:23 left in the contest, netted Bayfield’s – her only bucket in the game – with 4:28 remaining in the second quarter, snipping Ignacio’s advantage down to 23-2.

Bayfield senior guard Michelle Kirk nailed a trey before fouling out with 1:23 left until the intermission, and Mead (who fouled out after Foutz) made one of two free throws for her only point against an Ignacio squad that played without junior forward DaLaney Wesner, senior Lauren deKay and freshman Lily Quintana.

Wolverines senior guard Genesis Barrera matched Kirk’s three points, while Cosio finished with 15 points for Ignacio.

Olguin totaled three treys – giving her seven for the weekend – and 11 points. She had booked 14 at Pagosa Springs.

Ignacio hosted Dove Creek on Tuesday. The Bobcats will resume league play Friday night at Montezuma-Cortez, then return home to face Centauri the following day.

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