Steamboat Springs girls basketball coach John Ameen saw his team take a few steps back in its game Saturday at Palisade, as it lost 58-33.
The team had made promising improvements across the board in its game against Delta on Friday. The Sailors' balanced offense and solid defense allowed them to stay in a tight battle with the Panthers into the fourth quarter, losing by a pair of baskets.
But against Palisade, Steam-
boat slipped back into some bad habits.
"We'd been making strides the last four or five games in terms of handling full-court pressure, but that's what killed us tonight," Ameen said.
The Sailors were able to penetrate the Bulldogs' aggressive defense in the first half. Brittany Long got inside and made repeat visits to the foul line, where she was a perfect 10-for-10 from the line to leave Steamboat back by 10 heading into the half.
Palisade continued its extended pressure and cut down on its defensive breakdowns in the second half to disrupt Steamboat's offensive flow and extend its lead.
"We weren't handling the man-to-man pressure well," Ameen said.
Bad Steamboat passing that led to repeat turnovers only compounded its defensive struggles.
Long led the way for Steamboat with 14 points. Lizzie Stoll chipped in six points.
The Steamboat girls play at 6 p.m., Friday at Moffat County. The boys game follows at 7:30 p.m.