Lady Pirates open season with win over Ignacio

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Photo courtesy Joel Priest/Pine River Times Pagosa’s Taylor Lee-Hammer works past an opponent during Tuesday’s 58-37 win over the Ignacio Bobcats in Ignacio. Lee-Hammer chalked up 23 points in the win, which was the 27th straight for the Lady Pirates.
Photo courtesy Joel Priest/Pine River Times
Pagosa’s Taylor Lee-Hammer works past an opponent during Tuesday’s 58-37 win over the Ignacio Bobcats in Ignacio. Lee-Hammer chalked up 23 points in the win, which was the 27th straight for the Lady Pirates.

The Pagosa Springs High School Lady Pirate basketball team continued its winning ways in Tuesday evening’s season opener in Ignacio, returning home with a 58-37 win.

And, for the Lady Pirates, the win, the team’s 27th straight, was a whole-team effort.

“I give Coach Rand (JV coach Charles Rand) and the JV kids a lot of credit for being ready to go,” coach Wes Lewis said of the game, in which the Lady Pirates found themselves in foul trouble early.

In the game, No. 3-ranked Pagosa went on a 10-0 run to start the game before allowing Ignacio an 8-2 run, leaving Pagosa with a 12-8 lead at the end of the first quarter.

“We played pretty well on some stretches,” Lewis said, noting that the team got into some “serious foul trouble” in the first half, but that the team looked good early. “I thought we looked pretty good early. We got going with our press and our transition was good.”

Despite foul trouble that landed four of five of the team’s starters on the bench for much of the first half, the Pirates continued to outscore their hosts in the second quarter, 13-10, with Taylor Lee-Hammer scoring a 3-pointer from just shy of half-court as the halftime buzzer sounded.

“I will say that Taylor Lee was kind of the glue that held us together in the first half,” Lewis said. Lee-Hammer finished the game with 23 points, 15 of which came in the first half. The coach also praised Lee-Hammer’s performance as point guard in the game.

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