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Lady Pirates receive post-season honors

With another season of high school basketball in the books, four Lady Pirate basketball players received postseason honors.

The ladies finished the season with a 16-7 record, falling to the Trinidad Miners 27-22 in Sweet 16 action on March 3.

Overall on the season, the team went 5-3 in IML play, with two losses to the Bayfield Wolverines and one to the Centauri Falcons.

The Pirates were seemingly strongest on their home court over the course of the season, going 8-2 at home, but were not lacking elsewhere, with a 6-3 road record and a 2-2 tally on neutral courts.

Anissa Lucero and Emily Bryant were both voted all-conference honorable mentions, while Taylor Strohecker and Brooklyn DuCharme were voted to all-conference first team in the Intermountain League.

In addition to her IML honors, DuCharme garnered spots on two other all-state teams — Colorado Coaches for Girls Sports All-State and Colorado Coaches’ Association All-State.

All stat totals and averages listed below are for the regular season and do not include district and regional play. Statistics for postseason games were not available by presstime Wednesday.

Lucero, a sophomore, averaged 4.3 points per game during the season, finishing regular season play with 81 points to her name. Additionally, she recorded 36 assists (1.9 assists per game average), 23 rebounds (for a 1.2 rebounds per game average), and 25 steals per game (for a 1.3 steals per game average).

“She’s obviously just really, really solid. ... She does a really nice job of running her offense,” Coach Wes Lewis said of Lucero, adding that she, “got stronger and stronger” throughout the season and possesses a high basketball IQ. “I’m excited to see how she progresses over the next two years.

Joining Lucero in the honorable mention category is fellow sophomore Emily Bryant.

“Boy, you just can’t say enough good things about Emily,” Lewis said, describing her as an extremely hard worker, very athletic, very strong, and having often played a strong, but sometimes “unseen” role on the court. “She’s just a rock, she’s just so solid in every aspect.”

On the season, Bryant averaged 4.9 points per game, with 94 points total, 25 assists (for a 1.3 assists per game average), 76 rebounds (an average of four per game), and 53 steals (a 2.8 steals per game average).

Keeping up the accolades given to the sophomores, Lewis commented on Strohecker, voted to the All-Conference first team.

“She’s just a presence on the floor with her size,” Lewis said, adding that the 6-foot-1 Strohecker should return next year stronger. “I’m excited about what we’re going to get out of her over the next two years.”

Over the course of the regular season, Strohecker averaged 9.6 points per game, with 183 total points, six assists, 27 blocked shots (an average of 1.4 per game), a team-leading 127 rebounds and rebound average of 6.7 per game, and 16 steals.

Joining Strohecker on the first team is DuCharme.

As the team’s only senior, DuCharme led in a number of categories, including points (220, with an 11.6 points-per-game average), three-pointers with 21, free-throw percentage (71 percent), assists (58, an average of 3.1 per game) and steals, with 56.

Additionally, DuCharme notched 76 rebounds on the season for a 4.0 rebounds-per-game average.

“Brooklyn’s going to be really hard to replace ... she brought a lot of things to the table,” Lewis said. “She was kind of the glue that held us together this year.”

Lewis highlighted DuCharme’s all-around skills and being an integral part of the team’s success in the last two years.

“It’s never easy to say good-bye to seniors, but it’s a necessary evil,” Lewis said. “I wish her all the best of luck ... hope she can do well at the next level.”

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