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Lady Pirates explode in third to defeat T-Birds

Posted: Friday, Jan 4th, 2013


Sangre de Cristo senior Mitchell Stagner (4) drives toward to the hoop in the first half of Friday night’s contest against the Pagosa Springs Pirates.


Courier Sports Editor

MOSCA—Because the Sangre de Cristo Lady Thunderbirds and the Pagosa Springs Lady Pirates each needed an additional game to complete their schedules, the two school's basketball teams met here at Sangre de Cristo High School on Friday night.

The first varsity game of the night was a close one until the Pirates, who are in Class 3A's Intermoutain League, blew the game wide open on the third period and got the 50-33 win.

The boys' game was vastly different with the Pirates sitting a majority of their main varsity players and sending junior varsity athletes to the floor. An 11-0 run to start the run got the Thunderbirds an easy 59-39 victory.

The first half of the girls' contest was actually controlled by the Thunderbirds as they took a 14-13 lead into the halftime break.

Unfortunately, the first half was pretty lopsided when it came down to personal fouls. Pagosa Springs was not called for a single foul while Sangre players were whistled for eight. The 5-of-6 free throws that Pirate senior Emily Bryant converted on kept them in the game.

The second half was just an offensive show off by the Pirates as two quick 3-pointers paced them as they out scored Sangre 18-6.

The inside game was quickly one-sided as the Pirates rebounded and controlled the land under the bucket.

They tacked on an additional 19 points in the final frame to close out the win.

Senior Kathryn New led the team with nine points on the night while Abbey Stagner and Jessica Gilmore each scored eight points. Allie Beiriger had six points while Kendra Neese only had two points.

The Thunderbirds were playing without a couple of their key players that come off the bench because of some team rules that they violated over the Christmas break. The players are expected to return to action after their next contest.

The boys's contest was easily controlled by the Thunderbirds.

They quickly jumped out to an 11-0 lead before allowing the Pirates to score their first bucket at 2:33 in the first quarter.

Sangre de Cristo took a 14-4 lead after the first quarter and a 32-17 lead into the halftime break.

They did not let up and they finished off the 59-39 win.

Senior Mitchell Stagner led the way with 16 points while Cory Cooley was right behind him with 14 points. Stagner hit three 3-pointers.

Cody Parker was the only other player with double digits with 10 points.Kyle Beiriger scored eight points while Kyle Freel had four Victor Enriguez tallied two while Troy Fritz and Tyler Reynolds each scored two points.

The Thunderbirds will not have much rest as they hit the road on Saturday to take on the Swink Lions in non-conference action.











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