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Pirate girls take on Centauri Friday in IML tourney

Trouncing two teams over the weekend that had given Pagosa a much harder time earlier in the season, the Pirate girls finished their season with a strong 17-2 record and a perfect 6-0 record in the conference.

Travelling to Bayfield on Friday night, the Pirates made easy work of their league rivals, cutting down the 10-8 Wolverines with a decisive 51-38 victory.

Sailing on to Farmington on Saturday, the Pirates crushed the 4A Scorpions with a 46-27 win.

Coming out strong in Bayfield, the Pirates dominated with a 22-10 quarter. However, the Wolverines snapped back in the second, and while weak on offense, pressed a tough defense, outscoring the Pirates 12-6 in the period and narrowing their deficit as the Pirates left the half with a 28-22 lead.

However, Bayfield was bested in the third as Pagosa again outscored their opponents 14-7 and, trading baskets with the Pirates in the fourth, the Wolverines were unable to rally, finishing the period with a 9-9 tie and giving up their final season game with a 51-38 loss.

Mary Brinton led the team with 27 points and 16 rebounds with Breezy and Meagan Bryant both finishing with eight points each, Breezy leading the team with four assists.

In Farmington on Saturday night, the game was never in question as the Pirates outscored the Scorpions in every quarter. Adequate on defense, the Scorpions were unable to stop a relentless Pagosa offense; conversely, the Pirate’s defense was all-too effective against a Farmington offense that failed to execute. Outscored 10-5 in the first, the Scorpions were a little more efficient in the second but were still outscored 11-10, taking to the locker room down 21-16.

No doubt hoping for a stronger second half, Farmington could not catch a break. Pounded 15-6 in the third, they were unable to rally a fighting chance and were outscored 10-6 at the end, falling hard to the Pirates in a 46-27 defeat.

The Bryant sisters led the team in scoring, with Meagan logging 12 points, Breezy scoring 11 (and taking a team-high eight rebounds) and both leading with three steals. Brinton finished third in scoring with 10 points.

Hosting the IML tournament tomorrow night at 7:30 p.m., the Pirates hold a slight edge in an extremely competitive conference. Facing the Falcons (whom the Pirates defeated 56-36 at home Jan. 26 and 35-28 in La Jara Feb. 12), the Pirates challenge a Centauri team that seeks revenge.

At 6 p.m. on Friday, 17-4 Monte Vista plays 10-9 Bayfield in a tough grudge match. Victors in that game will (if Pagosa triumphs tomorrow night) play the Pirates at 6 p.m. on Saturday at the Pagosa Springs High School gym. Tickets are $6 for adult, $5 for students and senior citizens. Only CHSAA passes and Colorado High School Coaches Association passes can be used. League passes and family passes will not be honored.