The Steamboat Springs girls basketball team isn't the Western Slope League's best. When it comes time to honor a senior class, however, it's hard to think another school could compare.
After walking past balloons and through a streamer wall, senior Tara King quickly grabbed a piece of cake before saying it had been an emotional day for her.
King is one of six seniors on this year's Steamboat team, which defeated Battle Mountain, 47-31, on Saturday. The others are Jessica Peters, Brittany Rummel, Missy Chotvacs, Ann Barney and Liz Johnson.
Steamboat coach Ashley Berggren looked to her seniors Saturday night.
Despite having just one win in Western Slope League play, Battle Mountain played close with Steamboat (5-7 in league play) through 2 1/2 quarters before the Sailors began to pull away.
Good defense and offensive execution helped Steamboat go on a 22-6 run in the game's final 12 minutes.
"In the second half we got some baskets in transition, and that's what we've been wanting to see," Berggren said.
Peters finished with 13 points. King scored all 10 of her points in the second half. Chotvacs had nine points, and Barney had six.
Steamboat's defense held Battle Mountain to one field goal in the fourth quarter and just three field goals in the second half. Early on, King said, the Sailors were trying to play the same up-tempo style of basketball that helped them defeat Eagle Valley on Friday night.
"We were trying to do that with Battle Mountain, and I think we needed to slow it down," King said. "We weren't being smart with our passes."
Steamboat led by one at halftime, primarily because Huskies senior Lauren Prewitt had her way down low scoring 10 of her 14 points in the game's first 16 minutes.
"I was just getting junk shots," Prewitt said. "No. 33, Kaeli Hosler, has an excellent way of finding me."
Berggren made some adjustments, putting 6-foot Erin Gleason on Prewitt, who still had a size advantage.
"She was dominating," Berggren said. "We were having a hard time there limiting her touches."
Gleason was able to help slow Prewitt down, but Prewitt said Steamboat's entire defense did its part.
"They brought in their smaller guards and fronted me," Prewitt said. "They were aggressive."
Steamboat ends the regular season on the road. The Sailors play Rifle at 6 p.m. Friday in Rifle and play Glenwood Springs at 2:30 p.m. Saturday in Glenwood Springs.