Steamboat girls fall short at Shoot

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— Hannah Allbright scored 25 points and made seven of 10 free-throw attempts against the Steamboat Sailors, as the Conifer Lobos went back to Jefferson County Saturday night as the girls' champions of the Steamboat Shoot-Out.

Allbright, who scored 11 points in the opening period, was on fire for most of the game as she finished on 8-13 shooting to lead her team to a 52-32 victory.

Steamboat, meanwhile, was ice cold in the contest, managing to score just 15 points by halftime.

Natalie Muth led the Sailors with 14 points, and Brienna Combs scored 12 points and had 11 rebounds. Bayli Stillwell had 10 rebounds off the bench.

Steamboat, which dropped to 4-2 on the season, couldn't get a shot to drop for most of the second half. The Lobos outscored the Sailors 17-8 in the final period.

Johanna Robinson finished with 10 points for the Lobos and Meagan Hoffman scored seven.

Despite allowing Allbright to hit 70 percent from behind the arch, the Sailors did well defensively, holding the rest of the team to just 11-34 shooting.

Muth had three steals, including one with about eight seconds to go. She was fouled after she made the steal and sank both free-throw shots for the team's final points.

Combs and Muth, who led their team to a 2-1 record during the series, were named to the all-tournament team. Combs averaged 16.3 points and 11 rebounds during the series and Muth averaged 12.6 points.

Allbright, who also was chosen to the all-tournament team, said that winning the Shoot-Out was a major accomplishment for her team. The Lobos stayed unbeaten this year at 7-0.

"I think we ran our offense pretty well and I think our defense worked well too," Allbright said.

"I think (the Sailors) are a good team. They played defense pretty well. It just didn't work for them tonight."

Robinson joined Allbright on the all-tournament team while Hoffman was chosen as most valuable player of the tournament.

The Sailors next play Jan. 5, which is when they meet the Palisade Bulldogs at home.

Sailors coach Bruce Alston, whose team was held to its lowest point total of the season, was encouraged that he was able to rotate a number players into the games throughout the Shoot-Out.

"I'm real proud of the effort our girls put out," Alston said. "We have to give some credit to Conifer. They have a real strong program and they played well today.

"We took the right shots, they just didn't fall for us. This game is going to help us in the long run, playing against such a strong team."

Girls All-Tournament Team

MVP:

Meagan Hoffman, Conifer

All-Tournament

Kristy Smith, Hotchkiss

Jessie Cole, Platte Canyon

Brienna Combs, Steamboat

Natalie Muth, Steamboat

Johanna Robinson, Conifer

Hannah Allbright, Conifer

Hilary Murray, Conifer

Ellen Falender, Aspen

Katie Volkmann, Grand Junction

Nikki Koloff, Grand Junction

Erika Foss, Ralston Valley

Ren Udall, Roaring Fork

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