Steamboat Springs The Steamboat Springs girls basketball team couldn't stay calm and get the ball inside on a night when its shooting went cold.
"We had some possessions that were good, but there was that feeling of being rushed the whole game, where we couldn't get quality looks," Steamboat head coach John Ameen said.
Steamboat could not find an easy route around its rush hour Friday night in Delta, stumbling in a game that Ameen saw much potential in gaining a win.
Steamboat fell, 43-29.
Things were going well, with the score tied after the first quarter, but then the Sailors started getting impatient with possessions.
"We weren't being intense enough on offense to get the good looks that we need," Ameen said of the Sailors incurable symptom that put them down, 21-11, at the half. "It wasn't defensively that we were hurting - we were cold shooting-wise from the outside. And when you're cold from the outside, you gotta go inside, and we didn't go to the posts."
The Sailors cut the Panthers lead to six in the third quarter, but Steamboat started "playing into (Delta's) hands" when Delta's full-court press started yielding turnovers. Delta junior point guard Ariel Halverson continued penetrating the Steamboat defense to regain a healthy lead and seal the win.
Lizzie Stoll led Steamboat with 11 points, and Gracie Stockdale added eight.
Steamboat heads to Palisade for today's 4 p.m. Western Slope League game.