IHS girls third at Shiprock tourney

Ellie Seibel (35) and Cloe Seibel (12)
Ignacio's Gabriela Garcia
Ignacio's Ellie Seibel (35) and Cloe Seibel (12) team up to tie up possession against Farmington, N.M.’s Meeya Yazzie on Day 1 of Shiprock, N.M.’s Jerry Richardson Memorial/Lady Chieftain Invitational presented by Cellular One inside Shiprock’s Chieftain Pit.
Ignacio's Gabriela Garcia (3) puts the ball on the deck as she takes Farmington, N.M.’s Brighton Clah (55) to the hole on Day 1 of Shiprock, N.M.’s Jerry Richardson Memorial/Lady Chieftain Invitational presented by Cellular One inside Shiprock’s Chieftain Pit.
Joel Priest | Special to the Drum
Joel Priest | Special to the Drum

Foul-plagued in a loss to Farmington, N.M. Unfortunate to stand in against a buzz-saw called Shiprock, N.M.

Resilient against in-state 4A Montezuma-Cortez: Ignacio’s Lady Bobcats not only got new skipper Shane Seibel his first win as the girls’ varsity head coach on Day 3 of the 2013 Jerry Richardson Memorial/SHS Lady Chieftain Invitational presented by Cellular One, they did so inside the Chieftain Pit against a familiar San Juan Basin League face in former Dolores leader John McHenry.

Behind senior Gabriela Garcia’s seven-point first quarter, Ignacio led the consolation game 10-3 after eight minutes, and were rarely tested by the young Lady Panthers in a 41-23 victory. She finished with a team-high 13 points, senior Angela Herrera added nine and sophomore Chrystianne Valdez chipped in six. JV call-up Bekah Powell also recorded her first two varsity points as Ignacio improved to 1-2 overall.

Lady Panther Junior Katrina Lee hit a pair of three-pointers for her team-leading six points, and classmate Abby Chupp dropped in four FTs. Sophomore point guard Simone Lopez was held to just three points as Ignacio led 20-10 at halftime and 30-16 through three quarters.

Against N.M. Class 3A State Championships favorite Shiprock, Ignacio hung tough through one quarter, trailing just 6-5, before Larenson Henderson’s Lady Chieftains pulled away in the second to lead 24-9 at halftime en route to a no-doubt 56-20 victory.

Shania Harry and Aranxta Curley led Shiprock’s balanced scoring attack with 11 points apiece, while Garcia and junior Sky Cotton paced Ignacio with just five points each. Sophomore Ellie Seibel scored three, Valdez, Angela Herrera and senior Cloe Seibel each contributed two, and senior Deja Herrera netted one of the Lady Bobcats’ eight made free throws.

Ellie Seibel was a perfect four-of-four at the stripe in notching a team-high 10 points against Farmington, and Angela Herrera scored six points but was just two-of-six. Cloe Seibel finished with five points, Deja Herrera had four, and Cotton – who fouled out along with a scoreless Garcia – managed just three. The Lady Scorpions, meanwhile, virtually lived at the foul line; leading scorer Meeya Yazzie was 10-of-17 herself, but did not manage one field goal before also fouling out.

Forward Shayna Carlowe booked eight points in Farmington’s 37-32 win, and forward Tanisha Beetso (5-9 FT) dropped in seven.

Shiprock improved to 5-0 overall in the young season with a 76-28 blasting of their former District 1-4A rivals Farmington (2-2) on Day 3 to win the Invite undisputed, with 2A Ignacio (1-2) third and M-CHS (0-4) an undisputed fourth.

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