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Lady Pirates undefeated, face Centauri Saturday

Staff Writer

The Pagosa Springs High School Lady Pirates are continuing their winning ways, holding a perfect 8-0 record as they head into the conference-heavy portion of the season.

The ladies bettered their record during a rematch with the 2A Del Norte Tigers Saturday night, giving the Pirates their second win over the Tigers in just over a week.

This time, the Pirates defeated the Tigers in Del Norte by a score of 69-28. Last week, Pagosa notched a 54-27 win over Del Norte in Pagosa.

“I was really happy with the girls. They played really well,” coach Wes Lewis said.

Lewis said the team made some “silly mistakes” in the first half, but came around in the second half, pleasing the coach with their overall performance.

“There’s just a lot of good things going on right now,” Lewis said of the team.

In addition to highlighting the work of the entire team on the press, bettering themselves from the free-throw line (the team shot 62 percent on the night), and again noting the evenly spread contributions by the team, Lewis noted that Taylor Strohecker “really dominated” in the game.

“It was probably her best game of the year,” Lewis said.

In the game, Strohecker scored 23 points while notching 12 rebounds and three blocks.

No additional stats from the game were available by press time Wednesday.

With the win, the Pirates maintain their No. 2-spot in Colorado 3A girls’ basketball.

Holy Family remains in first in the rankings with a 9-1 record, and Lamar follows the Pirates with a 9-0 record as the No. 3 team.

Now, the Pirates will face one more nonleague game before beginning to face-off against conference opponents.

“It’s an important week for us,” Lewis said.

That nonleague game is tonight, when the girls welcome the 2A Sargent Farmers (5-3) to Pagosa Springs.

Saturday, the Pirates face off against the 8-1 Centauri Falcons in their first conference match up of the season.

Centauri was one of only two teams able to defeat the Pirates last season.

Centauri fell prey to Sangre de Cristo by a score of 63-51 last weekend for their first loss of the season. In December, Pagosa defeated Sangre de Cristo by a score of 67-44.

Despite the loss, Centauri remains the No. 4-ranked team in Colorado 3A girls’ basketball and second in the Intermountain League, and Lewis feels Saturday’s affair will be evenly matched.

Lewis said the game will likely come down to which team makes fewer mistakes, with the teams knowing each other well.

“It’ll come down to who will make some big plays down the stretch,” Lewis predicted.

But, Lewis did note a couple of keys to victory for the weekend.

“We’re going to have to take care of the ball against the Centauri press,” he noted.

Lewis said the team also hopes to continue to increase its success from the charity stripe, with a goal of shooting at least 70 percent from the free-throw line.

Following Pagosa and Centauri atop the IML standing, Alamosa holds a 6-4 record, Monte Vista sits at 4-4 and Bayfield is 2-3 on the season.

Varsity girls’ action is expected to begin at 5:30 p.m. for both games.

randi@pagosasun.com

This story was posted on January 16, 2014.