Sailors girls in tough stretch

Steamboat b-ball falls to Glenwood

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— It might have been a different game for the Steamboat Springs High School girls basketball team, but it was the same old problem.

Steamboat showed glimpses of the team it could be on Saturday against Glenwood Springs, but too many turnovers, mental lapses and prolonged scoring droughts continued to haunt the Sailors in their 64-28 loss.

"Going back to the press, I mean that wasn't the best press we've ever seen and we broke it a couple times," Steamboat coach John Ameen said. "But the transition to slowing it down and making smart decisions continues to be our problem."

Another problem for Steamboat was the Selsor sisters.

Glenwood's Katrina and Sharaya Selsor scored 36 of the teams 64 points, including scoring 17 first-quarter points to help Glenwood dart out to a 24-4 lead.

"Those Selsor sisters, they're talented. Not just in a skill sense where they can catch and shoot and handle the ball, but they're athletes," Ameen said. "They're quick, so we were caught with that."

Steamboat started to show signs of life in the third quarter. The Sailors were led by sophomore Gracie Stockdale, who scored all 12 of her points - including two 3-pointers - in the quarter. Unfortunately, the hole the Sailors put themselves in during the first half proved to be too deep to escape.

Glenwood - fresh off Friday night's 65-49 win against Moffat County - shot 26-of-59 from the field and went 9-of-17 from the free throw line.

"Friday was huge for us, and tonight I didn't know if the girls would come out focused and ready to play," Glenwood coach Bryan Derby said. "But they came out and played good. Everything's rolling for us. Now we just have to keep focused."

Stockdale led the Sailors with 12 points. Colleen King added eight points and Lizzie Stoll chipped in four.

Katrina Selsor led the Demons with 19 points. Sharaya Selsor chipped in 17 points and Kelsie Hert added 11 points.

Ameen wasn't happy with the loss, but he put it in perspective.

Steamboat played the top three teams in the league this week in Moffat County, Rifle and Glenwood, and Ameen said he saw improvement in each one.

"These last two games we didn't play scared so that's good," Ameen said. "It's just going back into execution and going into next week and correcting things."

Steamboat resumes play Friday at Delta and Saturday at Palisade.

Comments

justobserving 6 years, 7 months ago

I have watched several of the girls varsity games and read the paper articles that follow and the coaches story always seems to be the same, "the girls have mental lapses." "They are mentally tired..." I have one question, when do the excuses stop and the coaches start taking some responsability for how their team is playing. The way a team plays is a direct result of coaching. A team may have "mental lapses" against a team they are especially anxious about playing but look at the girls varsity record, are they anxious and scared of everybody or is something else missing?

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