Led by 12 steals and an improved transition game, the Hayden High School girls basketball team defeated Steamboat's junior varsity, 54-41, on Monday in Steamboat.
"They played well," Tigers coach Stephanie Davis said about her team. "They really hustled. (On Monday night), we definitely moved a lot better. I would say our transition game was the reason why we were successful."
Junior Jessica Martin led the Tigers with three steals and 10 points, and most of the other players had at least one steal. Freshman Kylee Sweetser added 10 points and nine rebounds on a night during which Davis played all 12 of her varsity players.
"We had pretty balanced scoring," she said. "We got a lot of steals on our full-court press."
Davis said the game was close at the end of the first quarter, but Hayden extended its lead to 33-19 by halftime.
"We opened it up in the second quarter and continued that," she said.
Emily Stockdale, Torie Christ-ensen and Sara Handing were Steamboat's primary scorers.
"They didn't have very many girls," Davis said. "They played a lot of basketball. I think their coach had to be proud of them.
Steamboat divided its freshman team to play Hayden's freshmen and junior varsity teams before the Sailors' junior varsity played Hayden's varsity in a rare Monday game.
Hayden (2-3 overall) plays North Park at 4 p.m. Saturday in Hayden. The junior varsity plays at 1 p.m.