Steamboat girls basketball loses to Sheridan

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— The Steamboat Springs High School girls basketball team found out what the rest of Wyoming already knows: the Sheridan, Wyo., basketball team is really, really good.

The defending state champion and current No. 1 team in the state of Wyoming handed Steamboat a 71-37 loss Saturday during the final day of the Flaming Gorge Basketball Tournament.

"They were good," Ameen said. "They put five on the floor that put the ball on the floor, could shoot it and were absolute athletes. I can see why they won state."

While Steamboat certainly had its share of struggles, Ameen said he continued to see improvement.

Last year at this time, Ameen said, the Sailors hit a wall with their development. This year, he said that's not the case.

"We definitely improved," Ameen said. "For instance, we rebounded better than last weekend, we're getting into our sets better and we're more patient in our motion offense."

However, Steamboat again struggled to put a full game together. Steamboat outscored Sheridan in the second half, but a slow start was too much for the Sailors to overcome.

"This was a game that we didn't play well in the first quarter," Ameen said. "Once again, it's not putting four quarters together that's hurting us."

A bright spot for Steamboat, Ameen said, was the continued development of the offense. A big part of that, he said, was getting good looks to the Sailors post players who were aggressive and got to the foul line frequently on Saturday.

Forwards Darcy Hornstein, with nine points and seven rebounds, and Colleen King, with eight points and nine rebounds, paced the Sailors.

"It's the signs we've been seeing the whole year," Ameen said. "Coming out of this weekend they see what they're capable of. They know it's just not having that bad second or third quarter."

Steamboat (1-7) is now off until the team travels to Moffat County on Jan. 8.

- To reach Luke Graham, call 871-4229 or e-mail lgraham@steamboatpilot.com

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