Tuesday, February 27, 2001
Steamboat Springs Brienna Combs finished the last game of her high-school career with a flurry of scoring Tuesday night, putting in nine points in the final two minutes of a heartbreaking 57-40 loss to Lewis-Palmer.
The Sailors, who ended their season with a 13-10 record, were defeated in the first round of the playoffs on the Rangers' home court in Monument.
They quickly fell behind 8-0 and trailed 23-10 after the first quarter.
The Sailors hung tough the remainder of the game, however, as they were outscored 34-30 during the final three periods.
Jennifer Weber found the net from long range early in the second quarter that closed the margin to 25-13.
But the Sailors later gave up six points in the final 1:30 of the first half, including a Krista Rosebush uncontested layup at the buzzer that put the Rangers on top, 33-17.
Lewis-Palmer was ahead 53-29 late in the fourth quarter, when Combs took over and scored nine of the Sailors final 11 points.
She made a 3-point bomb off the backboard as time expired and finished the game with 15 points and seven rebounds.
Natalie Muth added six points and Katie Carter pulled down seven rebounds. Ashley Rogers had six rebounds.
Tuesday marked the final game for four of Steamboat's players. Muth, Rogers, Combs and Nissa Carlson completed their senior seasons.
Sailors coach Bruce Alston said his team made a lot of turnovers that were costly against an experienced team. Lewis-Palmer improved to 18-4 on the season. Alston was proud of his players, however, for making it to regionals, he said.
It was the first time during his seven years with Steamboat that the Sailors have qualified for a regional tournament. They made it to the regionals by winning two out of three district games.
"I think this is without a doubt the best team that I've ever had," Alston said.