Looking as though they might skunk their opponents in the first quarter, the Pirate girls’ basketball team held the Ignacio Bobcats to just two points in the period.
“I was really proud of our defense,” said Coach Wes Lewis, “We played really hard early.”
Ahead 16-2 going into the second period, the Pirates looked back only to watch the Bobcats choke on their dust. Allowing just four Ignacio points in the second quarter while chalking up 11 more of their own, Pagosa went into the half with a 27-6 lead.
Pulling the press and giving the Bobcats a little room to breathe, the Pirates traded bucket for bucket with Ignacio during the third period but still managed to come out ahead, 12-10, in the quid pro quo. Ever the gracious host in sportsmanship but not so nice in the game, the Pirates pounded Ignacio in the final quarter, outscoring their visitors 19-10 in the period and leaving the court with an outstanding 58-26 win.
Sophomores Breezy Bryant and Mary Brinton led the team in scoring with 17 and 16 points respectively, with Bryant leading the team with four assists and Brinton’s five blocked shots a game high. Senior Courtney Guilliams led the team with 11 rebounds while scoring 6 points. Senior Allison Hart made 5 points and junior Victoria Espinosa rounded out the top scorers with 4 points.
Pleased with his team’s performance, Lewis said, “Anytime your JV squad holds a team to 26 points, you’re playing good defensively.”
Hosting Intermountain League rival Bayfield tomorrow night at 5:30 p.m., the Pirates will go into the rematch with an overall 11-6 record versus the Wolverine’s 13-4 overall record.“Bayfield’s the big game, that’s the one that matters,” said Lewis.
The Pirates will be back in the PSHS gym on Saturday at 5:30 p.m. for a rematch against the Farmington, N.M. Scorpions. Although not a league game, the match will give the girls a chance to improve their district standings enough to tie Bayfield for second in overall percentage before heading off to the conference tournament next Thursday, Feb. 26, in Monte Vista.