Steamboat girls fall to Roaring Fork

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A night after dismantling Coal Ridge in the Brenda Patch Tournament at Roaring Fork High School, the Steamboat Springs boys basketball team fell to Roaring Fork, 59-39, on Saturday.

Roaring Fork, a Class 3A team, has finished runner-up in the state tournament the past two years.

In the first quarter, Steamboat kept even with Roaring Fork and headed to the second quarter tied, 8-8. But in the second frame, the Rams surged, outscoring the Sailors, 18-9, for a 26-17 halftime lead.

In the third quarter, the teams went back and forth with Roaring Fork taking a 39-29 lead into the fourth quarter.

In the fourth quarter, Roaring Fork dashed any hopes of a Steamboat comeback by outscoring the Sailors 20-10.

The Sailors (1-1) now return home to open up play in the Steamboat Shootout, which begins Thursday.

— Despite losing their second game in a row at the Brenda Patch Tournament at Roaring Fork High School, Steamboat Springs girls coach John Ameen can see his team building confidence with each passing minute.

"We've got the athleticism and quickness to hang with people," Ameen said after the Sailors fell to Roaring Fork 58-28. "Now it's getting people adjusted to the speed of varsity basketball."

The game started off well for Sailors, who looked to put Friday's loss against Coal Ridge behind them. Lizzie Stoll hit a layup and Shannon King sunk a free throw to give Steamboat an early 3-0 lead.

Eventually the more experienced Rams team took over, forcing the Sailors to end the quarter with six turnovers that led to six easy fast-break layups. The first frame ended with the Sailors trailing 20-6 and it became a deficit they would never overcome.

Ameen said Roaring Fork's defense completely took the Sailors out of their game.

Roaring Fork "is a good team all-around," Ameen said. "We played pretty good defense but it was their pressure defense that really made the difference. We turned the ball over all game."

Ameen said he was happy his girls never gave up and lauded the inside play of Stoll and freshman Colleen King.

With the two losses Ameen said he can see the Sailors building more confidence heading into the Steamboat Shootout, which begins on Thursday.

"When we did play within ourselves they were able to get a lot of wide open looks," Ameen said. "There were spurts of play where I was really happy. We just need to be more consistent."

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