Friday, February 21, 2003
Steamboat Springs It is amazing the Steamboat Springs girls scored 52 points in Friday night's 60-52 loss to Glenwood Springs, considering they were "asleep."
"It really felt like people were sleeping," said Tracy Lucas after scoring 10 points in the game.
"We weren't mentally there," teammate Jannike Combs added. "We didn't have intensity. We had no confidence."
Sailors coach Steve Moos said this was the first game all season in which the team "came out flat from the start."
"There was no energy," Moos said. "We were a step slow all night. Compound that with Glenwood shooting well, and, well, it was just one of those nights."
In many cases, the Sailors opted for the more difficult outside shots instead of taking it to the hole, but still, even layups were falling short.
The Glenwood girls had no trouble racking up points as they caught the Sailors napping, scoring several fast-break points with no one back on defense.
The halftime score seemed more promising for the Sailors, as the team was on top 26-22, with a lot of help from senior Jen Webber, who drained three 3-pointers. Two of those shots were made consecutively and were taken from such a distance that they would have counted in the NBA.
But Webber's heroics weren't enough.
Jeri Polowchena of the Demons came into the second half scoring three consecutive baskets of her own. She finished with a game-high 12 points.
Leading the Sailors, Shelley Dunlop scored 11 points and was key defensively, especially in the first half, as she had two steals and dove after a loose ball.
"At halftime, we said (Dunlop) was the only one playing with some intensity," Moos said. "She's very consistent and usually a spark plug for us."
But even her spark didn't cut it.
Steamboat was outscored 16-9 in the third quarter, prompting Moos to say, "That was the worst quarter of all year."
The Sailor girls never bounced back. With the loss, their record drops to 15-3 overall, 8-3 in the league.
They must bounce back tonight, however, as they play for second place in the league in their last game of the regular season at Rifle High School. Tipoff is at 6 p.m.
"I expect a tough game," Moos said. "They're one of the top teams. We will have to play much better."