Tuesday, January 22, 2002
Steamboat Springs Despite a 20-point effort by Bayli Stillwell, the Sailors girls basketball team found itself on the losing side of things against Glenwood Springs for the second time this season.
Down by three points heading into the fourth quarter, the Sailors were in striking distance to redeem a 53-50 loss earlier in the season. But, with two minutes left in the game, two starters fouled out and the Sailors saw a four-point deficit expand to nine as they lost to the Demons 49-40 Saturday night.
Even with the loss, Sailors coach Bruce Alston said it was the best offensive effort the Sailors have had this season as they penetrated well inside
and were able to keep feeding Stillwell and Steamboat's other starting forward, Tracy Lucas.
"It was our best offensive game ever," Alston said. " Our offensive plays were executed."
Lucas trailed Stillwell with 6 points vs. the Demons.
It was a lack of rebounding, not shooting, Alston said, that contributed to their third league loss.
"Glenwood Springs far out rebounded us," he said. "They were able to get the second shots off."
Leading the Demons offensively was forward Jeri Polowchena who knocked down 18 points, many coming on easy putbacks under the glass.
After leading early in the first quarter, the Sailors would fall behind 30-24 going into halftime. By the end of the third quarter, the Demons were up 39-36.
But with two minutes left in the game, the Sailors could not close a four-point gap after Lucas and guard Jennifer Weber fouled out. With the Demons stalling in the final minutes, Alston said his team could not recover the ball to win the game.
The Sailors will get one more crack at the Demons on Feb. 6 on home turf.