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Lady Pirates look to continue winning streak Friday

Staff Writer

With the 2013 portion of the schedule in the past for the Pagosa Springs High School Lady Pirates, and with a 6-0 record, the Pirates have established themselves as a team to beat, both in the league and on the state level.

Through the first third of the season, the Lady Pirates have consistently been ranked as the No. 2 3A girls team in the state and remain atop the Intermountain League standings alongside No. 4-ranked Centauri.

Both teams remain unbeaten at 6-0.

Behind Pagosa and Centauri, Alamosa sits in third place in the conference with a 4-3 record, followed by Bayfield at 1-2 and Monte Vista at 2-4.

En route to their 6-0 record, the Lady Pirates have averaged 62.2 points per game, scoring a total of 373 points while allowing only 141 — an average of 23.5 points per game scored by opponents.

The team, coach Wes Lewis said, is the highest-scoring team he has ever coached.

Contributing to that, six Lady Pirates are averaging more than five points per game, while a total of 10 different players have scored this season.

Junior Payton Shahan is leading the team with 79 points on the season, making for an average of 13.2 points per game.

Senior Taylor Strohecker follows close behind with 68 total points, an average of 11.3 points per game.

Senior Anissa Lucero is averaging 9.7 points per game with 58 total points scored thus far on the season.

Senior Emily Bryant is averaging 8.3 points per game with a total of 50 points scored through the first third of the season.

Sophomore Madison Lewis is averaging seven points per game with a total of 42 points, and sophomore Taylor Lee-Hammer is averaging 5.3 points per game with a total of 31 points on the season.

“I’m really pleased with where we’re at offensively,” Lewis said, adding, “Our girls are doing some really good things.”

Among those things highlighted by Lewis, besides scoring, are the team’s transitional play, sharing of the ball, half-court offense and more.

The Pirates are also averaging 16.8 steals per game through the first third of the season, as well as 28.5 rebounds per game on average.

But, although pleased, Lewis sees room for the team to continue to improve.

Down the stretch, Lewis said he hopes to see the team tighten its defense and revert back to fundamentals in its half-court defense, with the coach hoping to see a defense that gives up about 30 points per night at the most.

Too, Lewis said he hopes to see the team better defend against dribble drives and increase its rebounding prowess.

Fresh off a holiday hiatus, the team will look to put the work on those facets to the test as they welcome the 2A Del Norte Tigers to Pagosa Friday evening at 5:30 p.m.

Del Norte owns a 4-1 record, with the sole loss coming in Sangre de Cristo. On Dec. 21, Pagosa defeated Sangre de Cristo by a score of 67-44.

The Pirates have three games before delving into conference action on Jan. 18 against Centauri, with back-to-back games against Del Norte Jan. 3 and 11, followed by a matchup with Sargent on Jan. 16.

randi@pagosasun.com

This story was posted on January 2, 2014.