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The Pagosa Springs High School Lady Pirates took an unintended break from game play over the weekend, playing only one of three games scheduled between Friday and Tuesday.
Due to inclement weather and adverse travel conditions, games scheduled to be held in Pagosa Springs against Alamosa and Sanford were postponed, with both tentatively rescheduled for later this month.
Pagosa did, however, travel to Monte Vista Saturday for a matchup between Pirate teams, with the Pagosa Pirates topping the Monte Vista Pirates 48-21.
Pagosa showed its dominance out of the gate, scoring 18 in the first quarter while allowing only two from Monte Vista.
“We played pretty well,” coach Wes Lewis said. “We got off to a great start.”
Lewis said Monte Vista’s style of play is much slower-paced than Pagosa’s, and that Monte Vista is very deliberate on offense, forcing Pagosa to play defense for long stretches of time.
The second and third quarters, however, were more even, with Pagosa notching 11 compared to Monte Vista’s 10 in the second and being outscored 8-7 by Monte Vista in the third.
“I think we had a little let down in the third,” Lewis said, noting that the team simply traded baskets with Monte Vista in the quarter. “We didn’t capitalize on some opportunities.”
Pagosa, however, regained dominance in the fourth quarter, outscoring Monte Vista 12-1 to finish the game with a 48-21 score in their favor.
“We locked down against defensively in the fourth. We didn’t trade baskets with them,” Lewis said.
Taylor Strohecker edged out Payton Shahan to lead the team offensively with 12 points, six rebounds and three blocks and was two for three from the free-throw line. Shahan notched 11 points and seven rebounds in the game, including a five-for-nine stint from the free-throw line.
Emily Bryant followed with nine points, including a five-for-eight night on the free-throw line.
Only those three Pagosa Pirates would see free-throw action during the game, giving Pagosa a 60-percent success rate on the night.
Shannel Wilson tallied five points on the night, including one three-pointer.
Morgan Schaaf scored four on the night, pairing it with five rebounds.
Anissa Lucero notched one three-pointer on the night, and Madison Lewis and Taylor Lee-Hammer each added two to the team’s total.
Pagosa tallied 14 turnovers and 16 steals on the night, compared to Monte Vista’s 16 turnovers and five steals.
With the win, Pagosa remains second in this week’s CHSAANow.com 3A girls basketball poll. The Pirates again trail Holy Family, who has held the top spot the entire season.
In the Intermountain League, the Pirates continue to be No. 1 with a 3-0 conference record and 13-0 overall record.
Alamosa follows with a matching 3-0 league record and 9-5 overall record.
Centauri holds the third spot with a 2-2 conference mark (11-4 overall), Bayfield is fourth with a 1-3 conference record (5-7 overall), and Monte Vista rounds out the league with an 0-4 conference mark (5-8 overall).
This weekend, the team will travel to La Jara for the second matchup of the season against the Centauri Falcons, with varsity girls’ action scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday.
Monday, the team is tentatively scheduled to play Alamosa in Pagosa Springs following two postponements of that affair. Alamosa, however, has a school policy to not travel when chain laws are in effect, making the game weather-dependent. Girls’ varsity action is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.
Lewis listed three keys for success in this week’s games:
• Taking care of the basketball — valuing possession of the ball and keeping turnovers to a manageable amount.
• Staying out of foul trouble and making sure to not put opposing teams on the free-throw line more than necessary.
• “Making the shots we’re supposed to make,” including two-point field goals and free-throws.