IHS’ girls early-season slate heavy

head coach Shane Seibel
Senior Sky Cotton
Sky Cotton dribbles
Now in his second season guiding the Lady Bobcat varsity, head coach Shane Seibel diagrams a play – Ignacio's "locker room" was this darkened hallway – during halftime at Nucla last season.
Ignacio now-senior Sky Cotton, left, accepts congratulations from now-graduated Cloe Seibel during non-league road action at Bloomfield, N.M., last season. Cotton, back from a knee injury suffered in the game, will be counted upon to provide crucial backcourt leadership in 2014-15.
Ignacio now-senior Sky Cotton dribbles against the Bloomfield, N.M., defense during non-league road action during the 2013-14 season. Cotton, back from a knee injury suffered in the game, will be counted upon to provide crucial backcourt leadership in 2014-15.
Joel Priest | Special to the Drum
Joel Priest | Special to the Drum
Joel Priest | Special to the Drum

Choosing to forego the Webb Toyota/Kirtland (N.M.) Central Basin Invitational, as well as selecting to attend the Centauri-hosted Mountain Top Classic – rather than Meeker’s White River Electric Shootout – didn’t do the Ignacio Lady Bobcats any favors.

But Shane Seibel’s squad knows nothing good ever comes easy.

And the 2014-15 season will tip off with IHS owning a chance to spring what could be one of the campaign’s most massive upsets when the Lady Cats head east on Tuesday, Dec. 2 to battle Pagosa Springs – coming off a 25-1 year in which the Intermountain League rulers’ only loss was to Broomfield Holy Family in the Class 3A State Championship.

Led by longtime boss Dave Forster, traditional IML force Centauri awaits Ignacio next just two calendar squares later at the Mountain Top, to be held at Adams State University in Alamosa.

The Lady Falcons went 15-7 overall in 2013-14, 5-3 in league, but fell unexpectedly in the first round of the 3A State Tournament to Cedaredge.

On Day 2 of the Classic, IHS is scheduled to face reigning 4A Western Slope League champions Glenwood Springs, with the Lady Demons coming off an awesome 23-2, 14-0 run and hungry to avenge their loss to Monument Palmer Ridge in the 4A Tournament’s ‘Sweet 16.’

Rye’s Lady Thunderbolts will likewise be bent on proving their loss to Peyton in the 2A-Region 8 Tournament’s title game was also a fluke, and are – as of this writing (Friday, Nov. 7) – slated to be the Lady Bobcats’ opposition on Day 3 of the Mountain Top. RHS went 17-7 overall, and 12-2 in the Santa Fe League last winter.

Calling the SunUte Community Center court its primary home this season, Ignacio’s home opener then follows on the Friday, Dec. 12 against non-league Center, and 2A/1A San Juan Basin League action commences at SunUte next on the Thursday, Dec. 18 when circuit rival Dolores steps into the house for the last game before 2015.

The New Year is billed to first send Ignacio up against 4A Durango on Jan. 8 and on neutral ground at Fort Lewis College, and the Lady Cats will then try to turn around, travel, and take down SJBL foe Ridgway on the Jan. 9.

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