It was a hard-fought first match for the Pagosa Springs High School Pirate basketball team, but, in the end, the Pirates fell prey to the Ignacio Bobcats — the state’s No. 3-ranked 2A school — by a score of 48-41.
The game was the season opener for both squads.
“It was a very good basketball game by both teams,” coach Randy Sorenson wrote in a statement to The SUN. “Ignacio has a very good basketball team and Coach (Chris) Valdez does a very good job of coaching his kids. Ignacio is a tough place to play.”
The game was close from the beginning, with the Pirates’ biggest lead of the night coming at the end of the first quarter, 14-7.
Unfortunately for the Pirates, Ignacio outscored Pagosa 14-9 in the second quarter, narrowing the Pirates’ lead to only two points heading into the second half, 23-21.
Both teams tallied eight points in the third quarter, leaving a 31-29 score heading into the game’s final quarter.
It was in the fourth quarter that the Bobcats took the reins, outscoring the Pirates 19-10 in the quarter to notch the 48-41 win.