Panthers maul Pirates in Tuesday outing

On the road Tuesday night, facing the 4A Montezuma-Cortez Panthers, neither the boy’s or girl’s varsity Pagosa Springs basketball teams fared well against their out-of-conference opponents.

“We played horribly,” said boy’s coach Jim Shaffer, “For as good as we played on Friday and Saturday nights, we were a completely different team.”

“We struggled to get anything started,” Shaffer said, a statement borne out by the stats. Outscored every quarter by the Panthers, Shaffer gave his JV players a shot, when down 17-36 with six minutes left in the final period, it was clear the Pirates had no chance at salvaging a victory.

“They actually played really well,” Shaffer said, regarding the younger players.

“Maybe it was because it was a school night,” Shaffer mused, regarding his team’s substandard performance. “They didn’t seem to have any motivation, no passion. They played without any heart.”

Defeated 27-45 by the Panthers, the Pirates boy’s team drops to a 3-5 record for the season.

Coming off a massive victory against Alamosa on Saturday, the Pirate girls slumped with a 35-50 loss against the Panthers, dropping their record to the 50-percent mark with four wins and four losses.

“We executed good but shot poorly,” explained coach Wes Lewis. “We literally couldn’t buy a bucket, either from the field or the free-throw line.”

Lady Pirates’ sophomore standout Mary Brinton managed to score 17 points as well as recording five blocked shots and 12 rebounds. Senior Allison Hart followed in scoring, with 9 points for the game.

The Pirates travel next to Centauri, Saturday, Jan. 24 and then move on to Del Norte for another away game on Tuesday, Jan. 27. Varsity girl’s games begin at 5:30 p.m. and varsity boys begin their games at 7 p.m.

jim@pagosasun.com