Sailor girls split opening weekend

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— After an inconsistent showing against Montrose in the season opener, the members of the Steamboat Springs girls basketball team seemed to elevate their game en route to a 59-37 win over Glenwood Springs Saturday.

"We were up six at halftime and then pulled away in the third," Steamboat coach Steve Moos said. "I used 11 players and we were able to wear them down by running the floor."

The Sailors got 18 points from Kayla Kostur and a great performance from point guard Missy Chotvacs, who was filling in for a tardy Bailey Draper.

Moos said Draper arrived at the game late because she was taking a college entrance exam. He elected to stick with Chotvacs in the starting role and to sub Draper in during the game.

It paid off.

Chotvacs handled the Demons press early, and as a bonus, chipped in 11 points to the Sailors total.

"We played a lot better than we had against Montrose," Moos said. "Our scoring was more balanced and we made fewer mistakes."

Steamboat scored just nine points in the opening quarter, helping Glenwood jump out to an early 11-9 lead.

But Steamboat's offense came to life, scoring 18 points in the second, 19 in the third and 13 in the final quarter. The Demons were unable to maintain the pace.

"I expect Glenwood to be in the upper tier of our league this season, " Moos said. "So I think this is a pretty big win for us."

It was especially big after the Sailors dropped Friday's season-opener to Montrose, 55-38.

"It was our first game and I think our players had some jitters," Moos said. "But Montrose is a very good team and they played pretty well."

Moos said Friday's game was closer than the final score indicated. With just over three minutes left to play, the Sailors trailed by eight points.

"We went for it and gambled a little bit" Moos said. "Then we had to foul and they hit their shots."

Moos said the Sailors offense was not on track in the opener. The team was just 7-for-18 from the foul line and wasn't consistent enough from the field to win.

The Sailors netted just 15 first-half points and four in the fourth quarter. The only bright spot was the third quarter, when the Sailors scored 19 points.

On Friday, Erin Christensen led the Steamboat team with 12 points and Kostur had nine. Six players score in the game, Moos said.


--To reach John F. Russell call 871-4209

or e-mail jrussell@steamboatpilot.com

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