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Lady Pirates play Durango tonight, Salida Saturday

After a holiday hiatus, the Pagosa Springs High School Lady Pirates are slated to take to the court tonight at 6 p.m. in a matchup against the 4A Durango Demons.

The Pirates notched a 5-1 record through the 2011 portion of their schedule, going on a 5-0 streak after dropping the first game of the season to the Gunnison Cowboys.

Through the 2011 schedule, the team averaged 47 points per game, totaling 282 thus far on the season and allowing only 171 points from their opponents.

In addition to outscoring their foes by 111 points, the Pirates are averaging 11.7 assists, 26.5 rebounds and 12 steals per game.

The team is, however, shooting only 55 percent from the charity stripe — 49 for 89.

Heading into 2012, senior Brooklyn DuCharme leads the team with 75 points, including eight three-pointers and is 25 for 31 from the free throw line. Additionally, DuCharme has a team-leading 22 steals on the season and 29 rebounds.

Sophomore Taylor Strohecker follows second with 60 points on the season. Strohecker leads the team in the rebound category with 52, including 33 defensive and 19 offensive rebounds ­— an average of 8.7 rebounds per game.

Sophomores Emily Bryant (complete with 16 steals) and Anissa Lucero (with seven three-pointers and eight steals) each tallied 34 points in the 2011 portion of the schedule, while freshman Payton Shahan (with five three-pointers and 11 steals) scored 19.

The Pirates will look to continue to outscore their opponents in the 2012 portion of their schedule, with conference standings on the line.

Currently, according to MaxPreps, only Centauri has a better record than the Pirates, at 7-1.

The hometown team is currently 11th in the state, grouped with a number of other one-loss teams and following six undefeated teams.

But, before they’re able to gain ground in the conference, the Pirates must welcome the 4A Demons to their home gym tonight at 6 p.m.

Saturday, the Pirates head to Salida for their second game of the season against the Spartans at 2:30 p.m.

Following this weekend’s action, the Pirates will delve into the conference-heavy portion of their schedule, where only three games (two against Sanford and one against the Ignacio Bobcats) will not be against conference foes.

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