Game canceled: No. 8 Lady Pirates will open 2022 action against No. 3 Sanford



By Randi Pierce | Staff Writer

The Pagosa Springs High School Lady Pirate basketball team is opening the 2022 portion of its season as one of the top 10 teams in Colorado 3A basketball, and against one of the top teams in 2A basketball.

The Lady Pirates will be back in action at 5 p.m. Friday in Sanford against the Indians.

“It’s going to be a good game,” coach Charles Rand said, indicating it could be a game that comes down to the team with the final possession looking to score to walk away with the win.

The Indians are 4-1 on the season and are the No. 3 team in both the 2A Ratings Percentage Index and in the 2A coaches’ poll.

The Lady Pirates are the No. 8 team in the 3A RPI standings and the No. 10 team in the 3A coaches’ poll. They own a 6-1 record.

“They’re one of the best teams we will play all year, and we’re playing them in their gym,” Rand said of Sanford, explaining the Indians have a strong following and their fans will be loud. “We’ve gotta play well to compete.”

The coach further noted Sanford is a lot like Pagosa: an undersized team that plays hard.

He added the Indians execute well and play solid man-to-man defense, and the Lady Pirates will have to execute well to get quality shots off and play “hard-nose defense” to make Sanford work hard for shots.

“We want to compete,” he said, explaining Sanford is a quality team with a quality coach. “We know we’ve got to play well to have a chance to win.”

The Lady Pirates are also expected to start the season without their starting point guard, who sustained a concussion prior to the winter break, though Rand noted, “We’re going to play well with her or without her.”

He noted the team wants her to get well so she can rejoin them for the long haul.

Rand noted the team has been working focusing on its play in recent practices, as well as focusing a bit on preparing for Sanford’s style of play.

“We just trying to get better,” he said. “We’re not peaking yet, that’s for sure. I mean, we’ve still got room for improvement and we’re just working on that.”