Carbondale With a smothering defense that produced 31 turnovers, Roaring Fork got its girls basketball season off on the right foot with a 50-26 win against Steamboat Springs on Friday.
Three Rams - Nikki Smeins with 14 points, Rebecca Roeber with 11 and Heather Sebald with 10 - hit double figures in scoring as they opened their own Brenda Patch Tournament in exciting fashion.
But offense isn't what buried the Sailors in this one.
"We came out and really wanted to establish ourselves on defense," Roaring Fork coach Kirk Cheney said. "That's part of what we've lacked a little bit."
The Class 3A Rams held 4A Steamboat to a 7-of-39 shooting clip and just one double-digit frame - a 12-point fourth quarter.
The Sailors kept it tight through one, trailing by just a point at 8-7, before finding its offense and breaking things open in the middle frames. Roaring Fork ran to a 13-2 scoring advantage in the second and 18-5 edge in the third to take a big 39-14 lead into the fourth quarter.
"Everyone was moving the ball and hustling so we knew as long as we took care of the ball and kept it on our side, we'd be OK," Rams senior Celeste Comings said. "The shots eventually started falling."
Comings compiled a rather balanced stat line, chipping in with seven points, four steals, six rebounds and five assists. She also drained a 3-pointer. Jade Bath finished with six points and Elley McBrayer added six rebounds.
For Steamboat, sophomore Gracie Stockdale led the way with nine points and eight rebounds. Colleen King grabbed a game-high 14 rebounds while netting four points.
Both teams continue tournament play today with the Sailors taking on Coal Ridge at 1 p.m. and the Rams facing Battle Mountain at 4 p.m.