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Lady Pirates edge Bobcats by 3

Staff Writer

SUN photo/Pat Artis
Taylor Strohecker goes up for two while Shannel Wilson (5) stands at the ready during last Friday’s matchup against the 2A Ignacio Bobcats. The Lady Pirates improved their record to 5-1 with the 45-42 victory, helped by eight points from Strohecker.

With a narrow, three-point victory over Ignacio, the Pagosa Springs High School Lady Pirates improved to 5-1 on the season Friday night.

Pagosa came out of the match with a 45-42 victory in hand.

After ending the first quarter tied at 7-7, the Pirates looked to be on a roll in the second quarter, taking a 24-11 lead into halftime, thanks in part to a 17-0 run in the half.

The third quarter was more difficult for the Pirates, however, with the Bobcats fighting back to within four points by the end of the quarter.

With enthusiastic crowds behind both teams, the fourth quarter was a battle for the win, with Ignacio tying the game with less than three minutes left on the clock.

As the game progressed, a series of injuries and foul-outs left Ignacio with four players on the court, taking on Pagosa’s five, with the Pirates taking a narrow lead.

With another foul, Ignacio was down to three players, giving Pagosa the needed advantage to eke out a three-point lead with seconds to go.

A failed shot at the buzzer meant the Lady Pirates were victorious.

“We played pretty poorly,” coach Wes Lewis said, again noting missed shots, points left unscored and turnovers (22 in the game).

Payton Shahan led the Pirate scoring in the win with 16 points, followed by Taylor Strohecker with eight, Emily Bryant with seven, Anissa Lucero with five, Shannel Wilson and Taylor Lee Hammer each with three, Haleigh Zenz with two, and Morgan Schaaf with one.

No other stats for the game were available by press time Wednesday.

But, the game was not an unexpected challenge.

The Pirates beat the Bobcats by only five points last season, with the Bobcats losing no starters at the end of last season.

“We’re going to have to play a lot better to beat them at their place, that’s for sure,” Lewis said.

Currently, Pagosa is scheduled to play Ignacio in Ignacio on Jan. 22.

“We’ve got to clean some things up,” Lewis said. “We’re playing pretty sloppy right now.”

Now, the team is on hiatus through the holidays, returning to game action Jan. 11 in Sargent.

Players can voluntarily practice beginning this week, with mandatory practices returning on Jan. 2.

randi@pagosasun.com

This story was posted on December 27, 2012.