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Prep Roundup: Ignacio girls basketball unable to knock off Kirtland Central

Durango girls beat Palmer

Kirtland Central’s Tatelyn Manheimer was too tough to stop on Friday night in the Ignacio High School girls basketball team’s home opener, as she scored 18 points, 13 of which came in the second half, and propelled the Broncos past the Bobcats, 48-38.

The matchup was a top-10 billing, as the Broncos (4-2) entered the game ranked No. 3 in the NMAA Class 4A poll, while Ignacio was 10th in the latest CHSAA Class 2A release. The Bobcats (2-2) were led by Monika Lucero with nine points, while Ebonee Gomez had seven.

“Kirtland Central had a lot of good shooters and good drivers,” said IHS head coach Justa Whitt. “The fact that we held them to only 48 points and lost by 10 says a lot. The kids played their hearts out. I felt like we got better toward the end of the game, but we got to a place where we couldn’t catch up. It was a good learning experience to play them.”

IHS was held under double digits in scoring in the first and third quarters in which the Bobcats scored six points. The Broncos took advantage, as they held a 24-16 lead at halftime and extended it to 36-22 after three quarters. Ignacio outscored the Broncos 16-12 in the final frame, but it was not enough to mount a comeback.

The Bobcats will play Cedaredge (3-0) next Saturday at Cedaredge High School.

Durango 43, Palmer 39

The Durango High School girls basketball team made it interesting on the second day of the Pueblo County Holiday Tournament but held on to beat Palmer, 43-39.

The Demons (3-3) held a 27-14 lead at halftime, but the Terrors (2-4) came back to make it a two-possession game. DHS held on behind six points from Jael Larson, which all came in the fourth quarter. Brenna Wolf led DHS with nine points, while Mason Rowland had eight and Maddy McManus had six.

“I think it’s a good win for us,” said DHS head coach Tim Fitzpatrick. “We were up big but showed the composure that we needed to when Palmer made a run. We made some timely baskets. We played confident last night in a loss, and continued to play well today.”

DHS will face Class 4A No. 3 Air Academy (2-0) at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Pueblo County High School.

Boys basketball

University 59, Bayfield 36

Boys basketballThe Bayfield High School boys basketball team was unable to shake off 15 first-half turnovers and fell to 3A’s ninth-ranked University 59-36 on Friday at the Buena Vista Tournament.

The Wolverines (1-3) were led by Landon Kennedy with 11 points, while Hunter Bayles scored eight and Zack McSweeney had six.

The Bulldogs (5-0) were led by Tayt Chacon, who scored a game-high 19 points, while Alex Martinez scored 13.

“We just turned the ball over too many times tonight,” said BHS head coach Klint Chandler. “We struggled with a bit of a half-court trap in the first half, made some adjustments and got it down to nine. We couldn’t get any closer after that. We can’t dig ourselves into that kind of hole and expect to pull off a win.”

BHS will face Salida (1-1) at noon Saturday in Buena Vista.

Durango 65, Shiprock 57

The Durango High School boys basketball team used a strong first half to take a lead but had to fend off a determined tournament-host Shiprock in the second half of Friday’s game at the Jerry Richardson Memorial Tournament to earn a 65-47 win in Shiprock.

The Demons (3-3) got off to a fast start and had a 12-point – 32-20 – lead at halftime. In the second half, the Chieftains (2-3) outscored the Demons 37-33, but timely free-throw shooting from DHS sealed the game. Martin Cuntz led DHS with 24 points. Jordan Woolverton had 20, while Anthony Flint had eight.

“We played good basketball for three and a half quarters,” said DHS head coach Alan Batiste. “We set ourselves up for a victory, but Shiprock made it close at the end, and we forced too many turnovers. The guys stepped up at the free-throw line and got the job done.”

The DHS win avenged a two-point loss to Shiprock only a week earlier at the Farmington tournament.

The Demons will play Aztec (2-4) at 1 p.m. Saturday in the final game of the tournament.

Wrestling

Aztec 57, Bayfield 18

WrestlingThe Bayfield High School wrestling team lost its dual-meet to Aztec on Friday night in Aztec, as the Tigers pulled off a 57-18 win.

The Wolverines had four wins on the night, as 220-pounder John Foutz pinned Chance Hoggard in 1 minute, 34 seconds, while Shane Moore pinned Brody Dalton at 182 in 2:28. Dylan Pickering picked up a win via forfeit, while Shayden French pinned Johanna Limback in just 38 seconds.

BHS will travel to the Dove Creek Dawg Fight on Saturday.

bploen@durangoherald.com

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