Craig If they were going to go out, the Steamboat Springs Sailor girls basketball players wanted to be able to say they gave their best effort.
In a 53-44 season-ending loss to Summit, the Sailors were proud of their hard work.
"The final loss stings," senior Tara King said. "But at least we gave everything we had."
The Sailors surprised the Tigers early by dribbling past their 1-2-2 zone defense. King scored the Sailors' first five points, and at the end of the first quarter the No. 12 seed from Steamboat was ahead of the No. 5 seed 15-9. "We came out and made some easy shots down low," King said. "Then they made adjustments."
Summit tightened up its defense in the second quarter and outscored the Sailors, 8-1,in the first three minutes of the second quarter to take a 17-16 lead.
The lead changed four times the rest of the quarter with the Tigers earning a 25-22 lead at halftime.
In the third quarter, both teams struggled to score. The Sailors hit four of 16 shots and the Tigers were 4-for-13. Summit went into the fourth quarter with a 35-31 lead.
In the fourth quarter, the shots still wouldn't drop in the bucket for the Sailors, but the Tigers hit their free throws to pull away.
Summit's Cissy Daniels was 6-for-8 from the free-throw line. Daniels led all scorers with 20 points.
Summit was 10-12 from the line in the fourth quarter. The Tigers needed only two field goals in the fourth quarter, but they pulled away by outscoring the Sailors, 18-13.
The Sailors shot 4-for-17 in the fourth quarter.
"The story for us all year was that, at times, we couldn't put the ball in the basket," Steamboat coach Ashley Berg--gren said. "Our girls fought hard and competed, but our lack of offense in the fourth quarter was the difference."
The Sailor seniors scored 42 of the team's 44 points in their last game. King was the Sailor's leading scorer with 16 points. Jessica Peters and Ann Barney added 10 points.
"Our seniors came out and played well," Berggren said.
The Sailors finished the season 7-16. The Tigers improved to 17-7 and will play Montrose tonight in Craig at 5:30 p.m.
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