Steamboat Springs This one hurts.
The Steamboat Springs High School girls basketball team certainly had the talent to play with - if not beat - Delta. But too many unforced turnovers and untimely miscues cost Steamboat in Friday's 46-36 loss.
The Sailors committed 30 turnovers, including 10 in the second quarter, and could muster only 17 shots in the first half. Steamboat had more turnovers (19) than points (17) through two quarters.
"It wasn't like last weekend where we forced into it," Steamboat coach John Ameen said. "We did it to ourselves (Friday). We were not seeing the balls into our hands and not securing a lot of rebounds and loose balls."
After Gracie Stockdale hit a 3-pointer 30 seconds into the game, giving Steamboat its only lead at 3-0, things started to go astray for the Sailors.
At one point in the first quarter, Steamboat had five straight possessions with a turnover. Delta took advantage of the miscues, extending its lead to 25-17 heading into halftime.
"You hear announcers in football games say when a receiver drops a ball, 'he didn't look it into his hands and tried to run before he caught the ball.' I mean that's what we were doing," Ameen said. "We are either not looking at our hands because we're thinking ahead or thinking what we can do next."
Led by nine points from Colleen King and Brittany Long, Steamboat started to come back. A King bucket with 1 minute, 40 seconds left in the game cut the Delta lead to six, at 42-36. But Delta's Hannah Roberson came back on the next Panthers possession and scored two of her game-high 22 points.
Steamboat went scoreless on its next four possessions and Delta hit 2-of-4 free throws to seal the win.
Stockdale led Steamboat with 13 points. King added eight and Long chipped in seven.
Steamboat next plays at 4 p.m. today at home against Palisade.