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Pirates look for back-to-back wins against Del Norte

Staff Writer

SUN photo/Pat Artis Pirate junior Payton Shahan puts up a layup Friday night against the Del Norte Tigers for two of her team-leading 15 points in the game. The Pirates won 54-27 on the night and face the Tigers again this weekend in Del Norte.

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Pirate junior Payton Shahan puts up a layup Friday night against the Del Norte Tigers for two of her team-leading 15 points in the game. The Pirates won 54-27 on the night and face the Tigers again this weekend in Del Norte.

The No. 2-ranked Pagosa Springs High School Lady Pirates now own a 7-0 record on the season following a victory over the 2A Del Norte Tigers (4-3) Friday night in Pagosa.

The Pirates have two more games against 2A opponents before taking on the No. 4-ranked Centauri Falcons to start conference play, including a rematch with Del Norte Saturday, Jan. 11.

The Tigers will be looking for revenge this Saturday following last Friday’s 54-27 loss to the Pirates.

Pagosa scored in the first minute of the game thanks to a layup from Payton Shahan and never looked back, holding the lead the entire game.

“I thought the girls did a great job in transition,” coach Wes Lewis said. “I was pretty happy with our half-court defense.”

Too, the team outscored the Tigers in all four quarters of the game (9-6, 16-5, 13-7 and 16-9) to secure the win.

Shahan led Pagosa’s scoring effort with 15 points, followed closely by Taylor Strohecker’s 14 points.

Two Lady Pirates finished the game with six points each — Emily Bryant and Anissa Lucero, while Madison Lewis followed with five points.

Taylor Lee-Hammer and Shannel Wilson each contributed three points and Morgan Schaaf rounded out the team’s offense with two points.

The team, however, went nine-for-22 from the free-throw line for a 41-percent success rate, causing Lewis to state that free-throws, “continue to be a black eye” for the team.

The Tigers shot 47 percent from the charity stripe on the night.

The Pirates, however, turned over the ball 24 times in the game, which Lewis noted is too high.

Del Norte turned over the ball 23 times.

Lewis said he felt his team should have no more than 10 turnovers against the Tigers, adding that probably 10 of Del Norte’s points came from unforced turnovers.

But, all in all, Lewis was pleased with the Pirates’ defense.

“To hold somebody under thirty points is usually pretty decent defense,” he said.

The Pirates had 25 defensive rebounds in the game, paired with 10 offensive rebounds. Del Norte had 18 total rebounds.

Now, the Pirates will head to Del Norte for a second matchup with the Tigers this Saturday, but don’t plan on amending their game plan.

“We’re not going to do anything different. We’re going to be who we are,” Lewis said.

Lewis said he anticipates that the Tigers may adjust their defense, but that the Pirates will be ready either way, and will continue to run the press, transition and focus on half-court defense when necessary.

Only after this week’s Del Norte game and next week’s matchup against the 2A Sargent Farmers (4-2) will the Pirates look ahead to conference play.

Conference play begins Jan. 18 for the Pirates.

randi@pagosasun.com

This story was posted on January 9, 2014.