Sailors finish season with win

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Despite some sloppy play down the stretch, the Steamboat Springs High School girls basketball team wrapped up the regular season with a 52-48 win over Battle Mountain on Thursday night.

"It got kind of tight at the end," Steamboat's Kayla Kostur said. "But we relaxed and started to play our normal game again and were able to pull it out."

Kostur said the seniors were happy to end the season with a win at home.

"We definitely wanted to end the season on a good note, and it was nice to go out with a win," she said.

But the team knows it will have to play much better next week if it has any chance to extend its season at the district playoffs.

"Battle Mountain played well, but we didn't take care of the fundamentals as a team. If we do that at the district playoffs, our season will be over in a hurry," Steamboat coach Steve Moos said.

Moos said he was disappointed that the Sailors were not sharp in the regular-season finale but said the team played well enough to pick up an important win.

Steamboat took a 13-8 lead in the first quarter, and, despite a late run by Battle Mountain, never relinquished the advantage.

Kostur and Melissa White each scored 12 points to lead the Sailors. White hit two 3-pointers. Sailor Shelley Dunlop scored 11 points.

Alexis Guinn powered the Huskies' offense with 14 points. Lauren Prewitt added 10, and Mary Ramirez added seven.

Steamboat will have the weekend off before gearing up for next week's district playoffs in Grand Junction.

Steamboat finished the regular season with a 12-7 overall record and a 7-5 record in league play.

Headed into this weekend, Rifle holds the No.1 spot in the Western Slope League with a 10-0 record. Moffat County sits in second with an 8-3 record, and Glenwood Springs holds the No. 3 spot at 6-4.

The Sailors will have to wait for the outcome of Glenwood Springs' final games against Delta and Palisade this weekend to find out where they fit in the standings.

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

or e-mail jrussell@steamboatpilot.com

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