Steamboat Springs senior Brittany Long runs the Sailors offense Tuesday at Moffat County. The Sailors hung with the host Bulldogs for the game's first three quarters but couldn't close the deal, losing 42-30.

Photo by John Vandelinder

Steamboat Springs senior Brittany Long runs the Sailors offense Tuesday at Moffat County. The Sailors hung with the host Bulldogs for the game's first three quarters but couldn't close the deal, losing 42-30.

Bulldogs close out Sailors girls basketball, 42-30

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Steamboat Springs girls basketball, 2008-09

Statistics

MCHS 42, Steamboat 30

Individual scoring:

SSHS: Yost 1 0-0 2, Moore 0 0-0 0, Anderson 0 0-0 0, Willman 0-0 0, Rae 0 0-0 0, Scott 0 0-0 0, Long 0 1-2 1, Birch 1 2-2 4, Stockdale 6 2-5 16, Spitellie 0 0-0 0, Berglund 0 0-0 0, Hornstein 1 1-1 3, King 0 2-2 2, Duryea 0 2-2 2. Totals 9 (2) 10-14 30.

MCHS: Cleverly 0 0-0 0, Bauman 1 2-3 5, Snyder 0 0-0 0, Edington 1 5-5 7, Sanchez 3 4-4 10, Hathhorn 0 0-0 0, Nelson 2 1-2 5, Moser 0 0-0 0, Crofts 2 1-2 5, Yoast 0 0-0 0, Kawcak 3 0-0 6, Roberts 2 0-4 4. Totals 14 (1) 13-20 42.

Moffat County used a stingy fourth-quarter defense to pull away from the visiting Sailors on Tuesday, handing MCHS coach Craig Mortensen his 500th win with a 42-30 victory.

Steamboat (6-15 overall, 3-10 Western Slope League) hung around for the first three quarters, until the Bulldogs (14-8 overall, 11-2 WSL) closed the game with a 13-2 run and held the Sailors scoreless from the field during the game's final 6:32.

"We didn't take care of the ball," Steamboat coach John Ameen said. "We had no offensive continuity, and we turned the ball over. You can't win when you do that."

Steamboat junior Gracie Stockdale kept the Sailors in the game with timely baskets and aggressive play, on her way to scoring a game-high 16 points in the loss.

MCHS senior Ariel Sanchez led a balanced Bulldog attack, finishing with 10 points.

"We weren't looking so great there at the beginning," Mortensen said. "They did a good job of taking away our 3-point shot, and we had to win it with our defense."

The Bulldogs couldn't buy a bucket to start the game, as the Sailors jumped out to 5-0 lead behind a layup and 3-pointer by Stockdale.

A basket by Sanchez ended the Bulldogs' 4:30 drought, but the Sailors answered moments later on a basket by junior Lindsey Yost.

MCHS post player Danielle Kawcak found some room in the paint, banking home a shot to close the quarter 7-4 in favor of the visitors.

Moffat County opened the second frame with a full-court press defense, stifling the Sailors for the first 3:47 of the quarter.

Two more points in the paint from Kawcak pulled the home team within a point, and MCHS senior Courtney Edington converted three free throws to give the Bulldogs their first lead of the game, 9-7.

Moffat County pushed its lead to three, but Stockdale kept the Sailors in it, scoring five points in the final two minutes, as the Bulldogs took a 14-12 lead in to the half.

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