Lady Pirates win three, crucial match Saturday


    Staff Writer

    SUN photo/Pat Artis
    One Pirate goes up, another Pirate goes down. Payton Shahan of the Pagosa Pirates goes up for a shot Saturday, on her way to scoring 10 points on the night, while a Monte Vista Pirate defender hits the floor. Pagosa ended the game with a 54-10 victory over their conference opponent.

    It was a successful week on the court for the Pagosa Springs High School Lady Pirates, with three wins and a win streak that now sits at five games.

    The Pirates face league leaders Centauri High School this weekend, with hopes to end the Falcons’ 11-game win streak and continue their own.

    Despite the recent wins, the Pirates remain the No. 6-ranked team in this week’s Denver Post 3A coaches’ poll.

    To start their successful campaign, the Pirates traveled to Alamosa Friday night to take on the Mean Moose, coming home with 49-32 win.

    Pagosa outscored Alamosa in the first three quarters (7-2, 16-8, 15-5), but failed to continue the trend into the fourth quarter, when they were outscored by a 17-11 margin, winning by 17 points despite being up by 28 points at one point in the quarter, according to coach Wes Lewis.

    “I thought we had a slow start, but we got going eventually,” Lewis said.

    In the affair, Taylor Strohecker led with 20 points and six rebounds, as well as with two blocks and three steals.

    Payton Shahan followed with 10 points (including going four-for-eight on free throws), three rebounds, three steals and two assists.

    Emily Bryant notched eight points against the Mean Moose, as well as three rebounds and three assists.

    Anissa Lucero put up two three-pointers on the night for six points, and added three rebounds, one steal and four assists.

    Madison Lucero followed with five points, which included going three-for-six on free throws, and notched four rebounds and one steal.

    As a team, the Pirates tallied 18 turnovers en route to their victory.

    Saturday, Pagosa hosted the Monte Vista Pirates in the first home league match of the season.

    Despite Monte Vista scoring first several minutes into the game, the hometown Pirates ended the first quarter with a 6-2 lead.

    They would expand on that lead through the next two quarters, holding Monte Vista scoreless in the second quarter and limiting them to two points in the third quarter, while scoring 10 and 18 points of their own in the two quarters.

    Monte Vista scored six in the fourth quarter, but were no match for Pagosa’s 20 points, as the home team finished the game with a decisive 54-10 win.

    Noting that Monte Vista is a young team, rebuilding its program, Lewis said there were no complaints about limiting the visitors to 10 points in the game.

    Strohecker ended the night with a team-high 23 points, 10 rebounds, three blocks, and notched two steals and two assists.

    Bryant followed with 11 points including one three-pointer, five rebounds, three steals and five assists.

    Shahan tallied 10 points on the night, as well as two rebounds, two steals and two assists.

    Madison Lewis and Shannel Wilson rounded out the Pirate scoring with five points each. Lewis also rebounded seven times and notched an assist, while Wilson rebounded three times and assisted once.

    Kellie Goodell, Lucero, Haleigh Zenz and Taylor Lee Hammer each recorded one rebound on the night, along with several steals and assists.

    The team also recorded 11 turnovers in the game.

    In a Tuesday non-league match against the 2A Sanford Indians, the Pirates walked away with a 47-25 victory, bettering their record to 13-2 overall.

    The game was a back-and-forth affair for much of the first two quarters, with Sanford taking an early lead, but with the Pirates having a narrow 7-6 margin at the end of the first quarter.

    In the second, however, the Pirates pulled away from the Indians, taking a 21-12 lead into halftime.

    The teams tied with seven points each in the third quarter, but Pagosa again pulled away in the fourth quarter, outscoring the Indians 19-6 and ending the game with a score of 47-25.

    “We just stayed the course,” Lewis said of the game, with the Pirates sticking to the game plan and steadily adding to their lead. “Definitely, Sanford’s much improved and a lot better.”

    Lucero led the Pirates with 13 points in the game, helped by three three-pointers. Lucero added one rebound, one steal and three assists on the night.

    Shahan notched 11 points on the night, including going five-for-10 on free throws, and had six rebounds, one block, one steal and three assists.

    Stohecker followed with 10 points, six rebounds, one block and one steal. Morgan Schaaf scored six on the night, while contributing one steal and three assists.

    Emily Bryant scored four, with half coming on free throws, and added seven rebounds, one block and two assists.

    Madison Lewis rounded out the team’s scoring with three, also totaling two rebounds, three steals and four assists.

    Zenz contributed seven rebounds in the game, as well as two steals and one assist.

    Saturday, the Pirates are back in action with a home matchup against the No. 2-ranked Centauri Falcons that would tie the teams atop the league with a Pagosa victory.

    The Pirates are currently second in Intermountain League standings with a 3-1 record, trailing Centauri, which sports a 4-0 record (14-1 overall).

    Alamosa follows in third place with a 2-2 conference record (6-9 overall), followed by Bayfield (1-3 league, 7-8 overall), and Monte Vista (0-4 league, 2-10 overall).

    “It’s going to be a showdown,” Lewis said. “It’s going to be a really big game for us.”

    Pagosa lost to Centauri by two points on Jan. 19 in La Jara.

    “I felt like our defense was really solid the first time around,” Lewis said, adding that the team needs to not leave points on the floor during the game to be successful.

    Action against Centauri is set to begin at 5:30 p.m.