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Lady Pirates get win, begin league play

Staff Writer

Friday’s snow and wind may have gotten in the way of one game, but the Pagosa Springs High School girls’ basketball team still walked away with a win over the weekend, bettering their record to 7-1.

Friday’s scheduled matchup against the 2A Sargent Farmers was postponed due to inclement weather, and is expected to be made up today in Sargent.

With the bulk of the snow moving out of the area Saturday, the team traveled to Del Norte for a matchup against the 2A Tigers, returning home with a 64-36 win.

The Pirates ended the first quarter with a two-point deficit to the Tigers (14-16), but sailed to victory in the following three quarters — 13-8, 17-2 and 20-10 — ending with a 64-36 victory.

According to coach Wes Lewis, the team gave up easy shots in the first quarter and lacked in defending the post, but rebounded well in the remainder of the game.

“In the last three quarters, I thought we were really good,” Lewis said.

Payton Shahan led the Pirates with 25 points in the game (including a 7-for-8 night on free throws), followed by Taylor Strohecker’s 22 points, which included the team’s two three-pointers on the night — both efforts Lewis praised.

But beyond the team’s high scorers, Lewis highlighted the team’s guards.

“I thought we got some really good stuff from our guards, too,” Lewis said.

Emily Bryant contributed nine points on the night and Anissa Lucero had two, with Lewis praising Lucero’s “great passes” and willingness to share the ball.

Rounding out the team, Morgan Schaaf added four points on the night and Shannel Wilson scored two.

As a team, the Pirates went 10-for-13 from the free-throw line, equating to a 77-percent success rate.

No further stats were available by press time Wednesday.

This weekend, the team dives into conference action, heading to La Jara for a Saturday night affair with the Centauri Falcons, beginning at 5:30 p.m.

“It feels like it’s time to get into league play,” Lewis said, “It’s exciting.”

Lewis indicated that only time will tell how ready the team is to take on league action, namely this week’s match with the Falcons.

“We’ll find out Saturday night,” Lewis said.

Key to this weekend’s game, Lewis said, will be the team’s ability to handle Centauri’s press.

“Looking ahead, we’re definitely going to have to handle their press. I think that’s going to be huge for us.”

Tuesday, the ladies will make a jaunt to Ignacio for a game against the 2A Bobcats at 5:30 p.m., whom the Pirates narrowly beat, 45-42, on Dec. 21.

randi@pagosasun.com

This story was posted on January 17, 2013.