Pirate girls ground the Falcons

Boosting their conference standing, the Pirate girls’ varsity basketball team made quick work of an overwhelmed Centauri Falcon five at the PSHS gym last Friday.

An outstanding defensive and offensive performance by Pagosa from the start set the pace for a veritable blowout. Indeed, with the Pirates scoring 16 in the inaugural period, while holding the Falcons to just 3 points, Centauri never broke single digit scores in any quarter of the game, unable to answer double digit scores by the Pirates.

Following a strong first period with a trio of 11-point quarters, Pagosa was never in danger of dropping the lead. Allowing only 9 Falcon points in the second, 8 in the third, and just 6 in the final period, the Pirates left their home court with a resounding 49-16 victory, improving to 2-3 in the Intermountain League.

“We came out really well,” said Coach Wes Lewis, “especially Breezy (Bryant), who had fourteen points in the first half.”

Sophomore standout Bryant led the Pirates with 16 points, seven rebounds and three assists, matching assist numbers by junior Megan Bryant and sophomore Sienna Stretton. Senior Allison Hart was second in scoring with 14 points, followed by senior Courtney Guilliams with 6 points.

“With a diamond-on-one on Breezy, she had a hard time finding open looks,” Lewis said, ”Allison did a nice job picking up the slack.”

The Pirates continued their three-game streak of cracking the 50-percent free-throw mark, scoring on 59-percent of their shots.

“We had too many turnovers,” Lewis said, referring to the Pirates’ 25 lost balls, “But we still played really well.”

The Pirates will need to keep better control of the ball when they host perennial league rivals, the Bayfield Wolverines, tomorrow night at 5:30 p.m. in the PSHS gym. If the Lady Pirates defeat Bayfield tomorrow night, the girls will finish their league season with a 3-3 record.

The Pirates host again Saturday at 5:30 p.m., bringing the Farmington, N.M. Scorpions to the home court for a chance to repeat a Feb. 5 victory over Farmington.

jim@pagosasun.com