Regional berth in grasp of the Sailors

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— Jennifer Weber scored a team-high 10 points against Delta Friday night as the Steamboat Sailors kept themselves alive in the regional-playoff hunt by trouncing their opponent, 60-33.

The Sailors, who are 12-9 on the season, jumped out to a 27-15 halftime lead and never looked back, as they advanced to the third round of the district playoffs by downing the Panthers at Grand Junction High School.

Steamboat now faces Palisade in a battle for fifth place at 11 a.m. today at Mesa State College. The winner qualifies for the regional playoffs that run March 2-3.

The top five teams from the district tourney qualify for regionals.

Brienna Combs and Katie Carter hooked up for 18 points and Ashley Rogers scored seven points and grabbed nine rebounds for the Sailors.

It was a big turnaround for the team following its loss to Montezuma-Cortez Thursday in the first round of the district tourney.

Steamboat's game against Palisade will mark the third time this season the two teams have played one another. It was the Bulldogs who prevailed the last time, though the Sailors defeated them on Jan. 5.

Steamboat coach Bruce Alston said his team was disappointed after its loss to Cortez Thursday but came back with a lot of heart against Delta.

The Sailors need to put forth another big performance in order to knock off the Bulldogs, Alston said.

"They didn't look past Delta, they just came out and played real hard," Alston said. "We have to be as confident (today) as we were going into (the Delta) game."

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