Sailors girls dominate Mustangs

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— Steamboat Springs made short work of Ralston Valley during the first round of the Steamboat Shoot-Out Thursday as the Sailors jumped out to a 20-point lead at halftime and ended with a 77-36 victory.

The Sailors, who improved to 3-1 on the season, were led by Brienna Combs who finished with 25 points, nine rebounds and three assists. Combs was 12-15 from the field.

Eleven Sailors scored for Steamboat and 15 players saw action.

Katie Carter and Natalie Muth each ended with nine points and Ashley Rogers scored eight points.

The Sailors maintained the lead from start to finish and jumped out to a 18-6 lead by the end of the first period.

Thursday's win advanced Steamboat to the semifinals where the Sailors will meet the Grand Junction Central Warriors at 6:30 p.m. today.

The Warriors defeated the Hotchkiss Bulldogs 64-54 Thursday.

Steamboat, which committed only 11 turnovers, had 22 against Rangely during a 39-35 win last Saturday.

In Thursday's game, the Sailors did a better job of passing, blocking out and fighting off defensive screens, coach Bruce Alston said.

The Mustangs could not penetrate the Steamboat defense and shot 11 for 42 from the field.

Aspen Schmidt, who had nine points for the Mustangs, shot 3-13.

Erika Foss, who was 6-6 from the free throw line, had 14 points.

Emily Hines had six points for the Sailors and Jessica Flores finished with five.

"We played an awful lot of people," Alston said. "I think if nothing else, we wore them down a little bit."

Foss, who shot 4-9 from the field, said the Sailors did an excellent job on the boards and at hustling during the contest.

"That's probably the best we played against all year," Foss said. "They're really big and they can rebound and they're aggressive."

Rogers, who had 10 rebounds along with her eight points, said the Sailors still had plenty to work on despite their success against the Mustangs.

"We definitely picked it up from last game but we have a lot more to do," Rogers said. "We didn't run our offense all the time and we threw the ball away at some points that we shouldn't have."

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