Saturday, December 15, 2007
Steamboat Springs The Steamboat Springs High School girls basketball team is not there yet.
After weeks of improvement, the Sailors found out about big-time, big-school Wyoming basketball Friday in the Flaming Gorge Basketball Tournament.
Steamboat fell, 62-30, to Cheyenne Central, Wyo., after playing what might have been the team's best basketball of the season in the first quarter.
After the first eight minutes, Steamboat trailed only 12-9. But in the second quarter Cheyenne Central - a school with twice the enrollment of Steamboat - turned it on and finished the half on a 22-0 run to put the game away.
"We didn't handle the pressure well at all," coach John Ameen said. "Unlike (Thursday), this was a very good team. You're never happy with a loss. But at the same time, this team was above and beyond what we've seen so far this season."
Thursday against Kemmerer, Wyo., Ameen said Steamboat (1-6) didn't come out with the intensity necessary to win the game. Friday, he said that wasn't the case, but with a team the caliber of Cheyenne Central, it was tough to get anything going.
"We came out much better than" Thursday, Ameen said. "If we came out (Thursday) like we did (Friday), it would totally have been a different outcome."
Steamboat was led by a couple of sophomores. Gracie Stockdale scored 11 points and grabbed five rebounds, while Colleen King chipped in 10 points and six rebounds.
One area of concern for Ameen has been the team's offensive production. Although there's work to do, Ameen said Friday's score doesn't tell the whole story.
"You see glimpses and you gain confidence," Ameen said. "In the second quarter, they just poured it on. Toward the end of the game, we were much better with our quickness, but you have to maintain that for four quarters."
Steamboat wraps up the Wyoming tournament at 10 a.m. today against Sheridan, Wyo.
Ameen said he was able to watch Sheridan on Friday and the team is every bit as good as Cheyenne Central.
"We're going to see a lot of the same stuff" today, Ameen said. "They'll have five people on the court that create pressure. They're the total package."