State-ranked Pagosa Springs sweeps Bayfield

Wolverines lose a pair of IML basketball games to the Pirates

Bayfield kept Pagosa Springs close in the first half.

Then the sixth-ranked team in Class 3A boys basketball pulled away from the two-win team in the second half.

No. 6 Pagosa Springs, according to The Denver Post rankings, beat Bayfield High School 76-51 on Friday night in Pagosa Springs.

The fourth-ranked Pagosa Springs’ girls basketball team beat Bayfield (8-9, 2-4 Intermountain League) 42-31, according to maxpreps.com.

“We played a pretty good game in the first half. We were only down by 10,” BHS head coach Bill Hesford said. “But the first two minutes of the second half belonged to Pagosa, and from there they ran away from us.”

Geoff Pope led the Wolverines with 15 points, including a trio of triples in succession in the fourth quarter.

BHS sophomores John Fisher and Trevor Gabbard scored nine and seven points, respectively, and Fisher added eight rebounds.

Preston Hardy had seven points and five rebounds.

“We got into a little foul trouble in the first half, but we kept it in striking distance,” Hesford said. “We just didn’t come out of the locker room the way we needed to.”

Kain Lucero led all scorers with 30 points and five 3-pointers in the second half to spur the Pirates’ post-halftime charge.

“They played well,” Hesford said of the Wolverines’ ranked conference opponent. “They’re a tough basketball team.”

BHS (2-14, 0-6 IML) will play Centauri at 3 p.m. Saturday and Alamosa at 7 p.m. Thursday to wrap its regular-season schedule. Both games will be on the road.

“We’ve got to pick up a couple of wins there, then make something happen in the (IML) tournament,” Hesford said.

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