Lady Pirates look to build off program’s success in new season

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Fresh off a perfect 26-0 season that culminated in the program’s first-ever championship, the Pagosa Springs High School Lady Pirates basketball team is back on the court, with this season’s first taste of action set for Dec. 1.

The Lady Pirates are entering this season ranked third in the girls’ 3A basketball preseason poll, behind Manitou Springs (last season’s fourth-place team) and Sterling (last season’s second-place team).

“That’s a compliment in itself,” coach Wes Lewis said of the preseason ranking. “We feel like … it’s nice to come out with a little bit of recognition. We still have a lot to prove.”

Looking to prove the Lady Pirates’ prowess will be a mix of returning and new players, including a projected starting five consisting of seniors Madi Lewis, Taylor Lee-Hammer and Mariah Snarr, junior Megan Farrah and sophomore Morgan Lewis.

While much of the varsity squad backing up the starting five may be fluid throughout the season, with the coach stating that the lineup will be based on who is progressing at any given point, there are several players fans can anticipate seeing over the course of the season.

Three sophomores the coach said should see some varsity time are Zoee Strohecker, Ada Peshlakai and Keena Murphy, while freshmen Devon Wilson and Morgan Thompson may also taste varsity action.

Another thing fans of the Lady Pirates can expect to see this season is something that has been very integral to the team’s success over the years — a focus on strong defense.

 

 

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