Steamboat Springs In a double-overtime defensive battle, the Steamboat Sailors were beaten by the Glenwood Springs Demons 49-48 in Saturday's Roaring Fork Tourney championship in Carbondale.
Guided by Katie Richelieu, who scored 14 points, the Demons fought back at the end of regulation to tie up the game 37-37.
Natalie Muth, who later fouled out, was held to just two points against the Demons. The senior point guard had 18 points against West Grand during Steamboat's 51-47 first-round win on Friday.
Against Glenwood, Muth was relentless on defense and did an outstanding job at running the point, Sailors coach Bruce Alston said.
Brienna Combs was the only Sailor in double figures in scoring against the Demons.
Combs had 19 points.
Ashley Rogers scored nine points and pulled down nine rebounds.
"It was just a fantastic game," Alston said.
"It was just a solid performance by everybody who played on both teams."
The Sailors trailed the Demons 11-8 after the first quarter but closed the score to 16-16 by halftime.
Combs, who had seven rebounds against West Grand, scored the final bucket in regulation that forced the overtime.
In the first overtime, Glenwood and Steamboat each scored 10 points.
The Demons outscored the Sailors 2-1 in the second overtime for the win.
The loss dropped the Sailors to 1-1 on the year, though Alston said the game was one of the most exciting of his career.
"We didn't execute the way we wanted to, but for the second game of the year, we did real well," Alston said.
"There's nothing to be ashamed of, losing in double overtime by one point."
Muth led the Sailors against the Mustangs with 18 points, and Janike Combs added nine. Emily Hines scored eight points and Rogers had eight rebounds.
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