Steamboat Springs Ashley Berggren's post-game talk was brief after Steamboat Springs' 24-point loss to Glenwood Springs.
"They were a solid team," the Sailors girls basketball coach said. "They have a strong inside-outside game."
Behind 18 points from junior post Sam Ciani and a combined 38 points from perimeter players Emily Hauptil, Ashley Jensen and Sharaya Selsor, the Demons overpowered the Sailors, 66-42.
The win keeps Glenwood one game behind Moffat County in the Western Slope League standings.
"They are clearly the second best team in the league right now," Berggren said.
Glenwood isn't giving up hope of moving into the top spot either, despite Friday's loss to Moffat County.
"It didn't stop what our mission is for the season," Demons coach Deb Henderson said.
That mission was to be undefeated heading into the Moffat County game, which they were. Now, the mission is to have just one loss next time the two teams meet. If Glenwood plays the rest of its games like it did in the second half of Saturday's game, it likely will be ready for a rematch.
But the first quarter was a different story.
Steamboat held a 13-9 advantage after the first eight minutes, forcing turnovers with its press, which created easy shots. Glenwood went on a short run to start the second quarter, going back into the lead 16-13 on a 3-pointer from Selsor with 4:24 left in the half.
The Demons built as much as a seven-point lead, but Steamboat junior Shannon King hit a 3-pointer with 1:48 left, and senior Tara King found senior Missy Chotvacs for an easy basket in transition, allowing Steamboat to close to within four points by halftime.
The Sailors got no closer, as the Demons poured in 27 points in the third quarter to seal the game. Steamboat scored 14.
"I thought it would take us a while to get going," Henderson said. "I saw the confidence early. I wasn't worried. I didn't get on them at halftime."
Henderson told her players to pick it up defensively, crash the boards and push the tempo. The Demons did all three with success.
Steamboat senior Ann Barney led the Sailors with nine points. Chotvacs and Erin Gleason each had eight points.
Steamboat (4-11 overall, 2-5 in league) has four practices before facing Delta at 6 p.m. on Friday at Steamboat Springs High School. Berggren is using every second of them.
"It's still the fundamentals," she said about what needs improvement.
Last week, Berggren brought in boys to face her girls. It is a tactic common in women's college basketball, which Berggren played at the University of Illinois. She plans to bring in more this week to change things up mid-way through the league season.
"I want to get others to push them out of their comfort zone," she said.
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