Tonight’s 5:30 p.m. home game against the Monte Vista Pirates will be the final regular-season game for the Pagosa Springs High School Lady Pirates basketball team.
The next stop is the Intermountain League Tournament next Friday and Saturday, Feb. 28 and March 1, in Monte Vista, where the Pirates will look to secure the league title and their post-season seeding.
The team added three wins to their season total in the last week.
Friday, the Pirates defeated the Bayfield Wolverines by a score of 64-34 in Bayfield.
The Pirates led throughout the game, establishing an 18-11 lead at the end of the first quarter. Pagosa went on to outscore Bayfield in the other three quarters, as well (14-4, 14-7 and 18-10).
“It was a really good team win,” coach Wes Lewis said.
In the game, Taylor Strohecker led the team with 20 points, followed by Anissa Lucero with 15 points (thanks to five 3-pointers) and Payton Shahan with 11 points.
“Anissa shot the snot out of it,” Lewis said, adding that Strohecker, too, had a stand-out game.
Five other Lady Pirates contributed to the offensive tally in the game.
The team was successful 56 percent of the time from the free-throw line, going 10 for 18.
The team pulled down a total of 24 rebounds in the game, including six from Emily Bryant and five each from Madison Lewis and Shahan.
The team tallied 19 turnovers for the game.
The next day, the ladies defeated Alamosa for the second time in a week, 41-20.
In that game, the Pirates outscored the Mean Moose in three of four quarters, being bested only in the second quarter.
Pagosa led 12-2 at the end of the first quarter, but were outscored 9-10 in the second, giving the Lady Pirates a nine-point lead at the half.
The Pirates continued to outscore Alamosa in the second half, 14-5 in the third quarter and 6-3 in the fourth.
“That game was really good for us,” Lewis said. “I felt like they really pushed us.”
Lewis said the game was slower-paced than most this season, with both teams employing the press, noting the teams took an average of seven seconds for the ball to cross the time line.
But, despite the pace, Lewis said it was a strong game for the team.
The Pirates shot 75 percent from the free-throw line in the game.
No other stats from the game were available by press time Wednesday.
On Tuesday, Pagosa welcomed the 2A Sanford Indians to Pagosa for a makeup game originally scheduled for Feb. 4.
The Pirates were victorious in that affair, winning 46-26.
The team again dominated early in the game, leading 27-12 at the half, despite shooting only 42 percent from the charity stripe.
“I thought we played good, not great,” Lewis said, adding that the team left points on the floor. “Sanford came out and had a good game plan.”
Lewis, however, called the game Bryant’s best of the season.
No additional stats from the game were available by press time Wednesday.
Tonight, Pagosa welcomes Monte Vista to PSHS to round out the regular season. Monte Vista is 1-6 in league play and 7-10 overall.
The game is Senior Night for Pagosa, with all senior players being honored before their respective games. It is also blackout night, where all fans are invited to wear black.
Additionally, the Pagosa Springs Middle School A and B girls teams will be honored at halftime of the boys’ game for their undefeated seasons.
Above all, Pagosa looks to have a solid game against Monte Vista prior to heading to the tournament.
“We want to head into the district tournament having a really strong game under our belts,” Lewis said.
Pagosa leads the IML with a 7-0 league record (18-0 overall), followed by Centauri at 5-3 (14-5 overall), Alamosa at 4-3 (10-8 overall), Monte Vista and Bayfield at 1-6 (6-10 overall).
The Lady Pirates remain No. 2 in this week’s CHSAANow.com 3A girls basketball ranking, behind Holy Family and ahead of Lamar.
The team is ranked first among 3A girls teams in this week’s Denver Post AP Media Poll — a position they’ve held all season.