Lady Cats tuned, ready for Nucla

Gabriela Garcia
Ridgway's Grace Benasutti (2) displays a “Not again!” expression as Ignacio's Gabriela Garcia (3) slices down the lane between her and Lady Demon teammate Rane Dickerson (4) for two of her 27 points – as of the Drum's deadline, the team's season high – in a 43-38 road loss on Jan. 25. Benasutti led RHS with 15 in the contest. Ignacio bounced back on the 30th to defeat Dolores behind Cloe Seibel's 25 points.
Joel Priest | Special to the Drum

 It didn’t take long for the Lady Bobcats’ season-high individual output to come under siege.

All of four quarters.

The only thing separating IHS from victories in those two outings was the Lady Cats.

Senior Gabriela Garcia’s 27-point outburst at Ridgway on Jan. 25 unfortunately went for naught – albeit narrowly, with the final margin just 43-38 – as only Cloe Seibel (nine points) and Alejandra Lujan (two points) managed to also put the ball in the hoop against the comeback-minded Lady Demons.

Such a mentality was then needed on Jan. 30 when longtime San Juan Basin League nemesis Dolores visited IHS Gymnasium, and luckily every Ignacio player had it as a 23-13 halftime deficit was overcome in a much-needed 50-37 triumph.

Seibel netted seven points (of her game-best 25) in the third quarter, in which a well-watched Garcia was hit with a technical foul midway through, and senior Roshae Weaver also suddenly struck for seven of her nine as IHS (3-10, 1-2 SJBL) fought back to lead 33-29 heading into the fourth.

Closing the contest in style, Cloe Seibel pumped in her last 11, Ellie Seibel added four and Angela Herrera two in the quarter, while the Lady Bears (now 5-8, 2-6) managed little more than the last four points of Brianna Schwartz’s team-leading 19.  Especially after Schwartz fouled out.

Nichole Kibel totaled 10 for DHS, Larissa Umberger chipped in six and Madison Archuleta two, but the guests were just 2-of-10 at the free-throw line, outside of Schwartz’s 9-of-16 mark.

Lujan, Herrera and Ellie Seibel each finished with five points and Garcia one, with the Lady Cats going 10-of-18 collectively – led by Cloe Seibel’s 5-of-8 and Weaver’s 2-of-2 – at the charity stripe.

After a welcome week of practice work, Ignacio will resume league action Feb. 7 at Nucla, but then quickly return to host an improved Ouray on Feb. 8 and then 3A Bayfield on Feb. 11.

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