Two league games in two days that resulted in two easy wins. This weekend was just what the Steamboat Springs girls basketball team was looking for.
Steamboat defeated Delta, 58-17, on Saturday, one night after beating Palisade by 14 on Friday. Although Friday's game was close until late, Saturday's was never in doubt.
Steamboat built a 23-9 halftime lead and extended it to 41 by the final horn.
"We pressured the ball early to build a lead," Sailors coach Ashley Berggren said. "This is a confidence builder. They really rallied together and came together as a team."
Senior Kayla Kostur led all scorers with 17 points in limited action. Senior Madison Proper chipped in with 12. Junior Missy Chotvacs added seven, and sophomore Erin Gleason scored six.
"We really needed this," Proper said. "We were on a losing streak, and this lifted our spirits. We finally started playing together as a team."
Friday and Saturday's wins allowed Berggren to play every one of her varsity players for extended periods of time. In those moments, several shined, which may help extend her bench even further when the Sailors come up against tougher league opponents in Moffat County, Rifle and Eagle Valley.
Steamboat did not give up more than five points in any of the four quarters, playing stingy defense and rebounding well. Offensively, 12 players scored for the Sailors.
The win moves Steamboat to 4-7 overall and 2-1 in Western Slope League play.
The Sailors play at 7:30 p.m. Friday against Battle Mountain.
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