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Undefeated Lady Pirates head to IML tourney

Staff Writer

SUN photo/Pat Artis Pirate senior Taylor Strohecker goes up for a shot Feb. 20 against Monte Vista. Strohecker scored 18 points in the game to help Pagosa defeat Monte Vista 51-18.

SUN photo/Pat Artis
Pirate senior Taylor Strohecker goes up for a shot Feb. 20 against Monte Vista. Strohecker scored 18 points in the game to help Pagosa defeat Monte Vista 51-18.

The Pagosa Springs High School Lady Pirates are heading into the postseason with an unblemished 19-0 record on the season, including eight league wins.

Postseason action begins Thursday, when the Pirates will take on the Bayfield Wolverines in the Intermountain League Tournament in Monte Vista.

But, en route to their top placement in the IML tournament, Pagosa took on Monte Vista last Thursday at home, dealing the visiting Pirates their seventh league loss and 12th loss overall on the season.

Pagosa outscored Monte Vista in three of the game’s four quarters, leading to a 51-18 victory for the hometown Pirates.

Pagosa held Monte Vista to only one point in the first quarter while scoring nine, and outscored the opposition 20-8 in the second for a 29-9 lead at halftime.

Pagosa made its presence known in the third, holding Monte Vista scoreless while adding 13 to the scoreboard. Both teams scored nine points in the fourth quarter.

Taylor Strohecker led Pagosa’s offensive efforts with 18 points, also adding three blocks and nine rebounds in the game.

Anissa Lucero followed with 15 points thanks to four 3-pointers, and Payton Shahan added nine points, including one 3-pointer.

Emily Bryant notched four in the game, as well as nine rebounds and five steals.

Taylor Lee-Hammer hit one 3-pointer, and Shannel Wilson scored two.

On the night, Pagosa was five for nine from the free-throw line for a 56 percent success rate.

Total, the hometown Pirates had 31 rebounds, 18 turnovers and 16 steals, compared to Monte Vista’s 67 percent from the charity stripe, 15 rebounds, 24 turnovers and five steals.

Tuesday, Monte Vista and Bayfield (both 1-7 in league play) faced off in a pig-tail game to determine who would advance to the IML tournament in Monte Vista. In that game, Bayfield narrowly defeated Monte Vista 38-36.

Bayfield will now advance and face Pagosa on Friday in Monte Vista, with the game scheduled for 6 p.m.

The winner of that affair will move on to play the winner of Friday Centauri-Alamosa game in the IML championship game Saturday at 6 p.m.

In league play this season, Alamosa and Centauri both hold 5-3 records, though Alamosa is 11-8 overall and Centauri is 14-5 overall.

The third-place game will take place Saturday at 3 p.m.

Following this weekend’s IML Tournament, at least the tournament champion will move on in playoffs (other teams could possibly advance, as well). However, with their perfect record, the Lady Pirates will move on regardless of the tournament outcome.

Coach Wes Lewis could not be reached for comment by presstime Wednesday.

randi@pagosasun.com

This story was posted on February 27, 2014.