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Lady Pirate players, coach receive postseason honors

Staff Writer

Girls-all-conference-2013-MPFive Lady Pirate basketball players received postseason Intermountain League All-Conference honors recently for their work as part of this season’s fifth-place finish at the state level.

The five players receiving honors are Haleigh Zenz (honorable mention), and Emily Bryant, Taylor Strohecker, Anissa Lucero and Payton Shahan (all first team).

Pagosa’s four players named to the all-conference first team matched the four named to the team from Centauri, which finished fourth in state action.

“I thought it was great. It was a team deal and the fact that we were co-champions in the league made that happen,” Lewis said.

The team’s lone senior, Zenz received an honorable mention in the conference and ended her final prep season with 27 points and 2.6 rebounds per game.

Junior Bryant, who served as co-captain with Zenz, finished the season with 211 points (an average of 8.1 per game), and averages of 3.9 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 2.4 steals per game.

Strohecker, also a junior, was the team’s leading scorer, averaging 13.6 points per game and scoring a total of 353 points on the season. Strohecker also averaged 7.4 rebounds and 1.8 blocks per game.

Lucero averaged 6.3 points per game (165 total), as well as averaging 2.4 assists, 1.3 rebounds and 1.3 steals per game.

Shahan averaged 8.3 points per game (totaling 215 points), also averaging 1.3 assists, 5 rebounds and 1.8 steals per game.

“I’m happy for the girls,” Lewis said, adding, “I felt like they were all deserving of what they got.”

Lewis, too, received postseason honors, being named  IML Coach of the Year.

Under Lewis, who garnered his 100th win as girls’ coach this season, the team ended the season with a 22-4 overall record and a 7-1 league record.

randi@pagosasun.com

This story was posted on March 28, 2013.