Photo by Matt Stensland
Steamboat Springs junior Brittany Long looks for an open teammate Friday night at Steamboat Springs High School. The Sailors beat Eagle Valley, 50-43.
Saturday, January 26, 2008
Steamboat Springs After weeks of strong halves, quarters and short stretches, the Steamboat Springs High School girls basketball team finally put together a whole game.
The end result was a 50-43 home court win Friday against Eagle Valley, giving Steamboat its first league win of the year and moving the Sailors out of last place in the Western Slope League.
"It was a decent week of practice," said Sailors coach John Ameen, whose team ended a nine-game losing streak. "It was just working, working, working on what we've been doing well. That was it."
Steamboat may also have had some newfound composure.
The Devils jumped out to an 18-11 lead with 7 minutes, 2 seconds left in the second quarter, thanks in large part to 12 first quarter points from post player Jackie Eberhard.
It was a spot where the game usually gets away from Steamboat, but this time the Sailors responded. Keyed by nine points from Emily Metscher and Darcy Hornstein, Steamboat ended the half on a 16-4 run to take a 27-22 lead into halftime.
"It was them seeing that on the offensive end that we can get shots, and we can get post looks," Ameen said. "It was a matter of us settling down on the offensive end."
When Steamboat wasn't settled on the offensive end, the Sailors defense more than made up for it.
Steamboat held Eagle Valley to 17-of-52 shooting from the field, including 5-of-14 in the fourth quarter. The Sailors also caused 16 Devils turnovers.
Eagle Valley continued to battle back, even closing within four at 47-43 with 1:31 in the game.
But Steamboat hit 4-of-6 free throws down the stretch to put the game away.
"We went cold and stopped moving," Eagle Valley coach Ken Reagan said, "and they started doing the right things."
The win improved Steamboat to 2-12 overall and 1-5 in league play. Eagle Valley dropped to 2-12 and 1-5.
Gracie Stockdale led Steamboat with 19 points, including four 3-pointers. Colleen King and Brittany Long each added eight.
Eberhard led the Devils with 19 points. Eagle Valley's leading scorer on the season, Jeanette Baker, was held to six points.
Steamboat now heads to Battle Mountain to take on the three-win Huskies.
Ameen said Steamboat now has the opportunity to put together a win streak and get back into the playoff picture.
"I'm happy for the girls," Ameen said. "We need to build on this and into (today) with the same intensity we had" Friday.