Basketball season is fast approaching for the Pagosa Springs High School Lady Pirates, with two dozen student athletes vying for coveted spots on the varsity team.
The Pirates open their season in Sanford against the 1A Indians on Nov. 30, following that game with a Dec. 7 home opener against the 2A Ignacio Bobcats.
The Pirates return to action the next day, Dec. 8, against the 2A Del Norte Tigers before heading to the Buena Vista Tournament Dec. 14 and 15, where they’ll take on their first 3A opponents of the season.
At the tournament, the ladies are slated to play the Denver School of Science and Technology Knights, Buena Vista Demons and Jefferson Academy Saints.
From there, the Pirates head to Durango for a matchup with the 4A Demons on Dec. 21, before taking a holiday hiatus.
The squad is set to return to action on Jan. 11 against the 2A Sargent Farmers in Sargent, and head to Del Norte on Jan. 12, before delving into conference action.
Intermountain League play starts in La Jara against the Centauri Falcons on Jan. 19.
On Jan. 22, the team travels to Ignacio for another matchup against the Bobcats before returning to league play for games against the Bayfield Wolverines, Alamosa Mean Moose and Monte Vista Pirates.
The Pirates then welcome Sanford to Pagosa on Feb. 5, before rounding out regular-season play with conference games against Bayfield, Alamosa and Monte Vista.
On the season, the Pirates will look to return to the playoffs, where they bowed out in Sweet 16 action last season.
Last year, the Lady Pirates finished with a 16-7 record, falling to the Trinidad Miners in Sweet 16 play.
Overall last 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.