Steamboat readies for shootout

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Girls basketball coach Steve Moos will be looking for the right combination of players to unlock a title-winning run when his team takes the floor for this year's Steamboat Springs Shootout at 8:30 p.m. today.

"There are so many different combinations we can go with," Moos said.

Moos said he played several lineups in the Sailors opening weekend with mixed results.

Steamboat had an inconsistent showing against a defensive-minded Montrose team Friday but rebounded by thumping Glenwood Springs, 59-37, on Saturday.

"I think we kind of played like we expected," Moos said. "We played anywhere from nine to 11 kids, and we're still trying to find different styles and what combinations fit best."

Moos hopes he can get the right players on the court to repeat the Sailors' showing in the 2002 Steamboat Shootout. Last year, the team won three straight games and ended up sharing the title with Roaring Fork.

Roaring Fork also will return to this year's event, however, the two teams are not scheduled to face one another on the court in the round-robin format. The team, or teams, with the best record after Saturday's games will be crowned champions.

Steamboat is scheduled to face Aspen today, Basalt at 5:10 p.m. Friday and Conifer at 5:10 p.m. Saturday.

Last year's co-champion Roaring Fork will play Conifer at 6:50 tonight, Jefferson Academy at 8:30 p.m. Friday and Aspen at 12:10 p.m. Saturday.

Moos hopes the Sailors' loss to Montrose in the opening game was the result of pre-game jitters and not team chemistry.

He could find out today when Steamboat faces Aspen -- a team riding a wave of momentum after rolling over West Grand, 42-26, in its only game of the season.

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

or e-mail jrussell@steamboatpilot.com

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