Photo by Matt Stensland
Steamboat Springs High School basketball player Justin Anderson, right, takes free throws with teammate Isiah Forsyth during Thursday's practice. The Sailors take on Battle Mountain tonight. The girls play at 6 p.m., and the boys play at 7:30 p.m. at Kelly Meek Gymnasium.
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What: Steamboat boys and girls basketball vs. Battle Mountain
When: Today - Girls play at 6 p.m. and boys play at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday - Girls play at 4 p.m. and boys play at 5:30 p.m.
Where: Kelly Meek Gymnasium at Steamboat Springs High School
If this week's practice is any indication, the Steamboat Springs boys basketball team should have a lot of confidence heading into the start of Western Slope League play.
Coach Luke DeWolfe said this week was the best he's seen his team practice, as Steamboat prepares to play at 7:30 p.m. today against Battle Mountain and 5:30 p.m. Saturday against Eagle Valley. The games are at home.
"The guys are starting to gel and play well together," he said. "For us it's a great opportunity to get off on the right note. It's a matter of us showing up and doing things that we know how to do. If we do that, hopefully things will take care of themselves."
Although the Huskies and Devils have struggled in the past, DeWolfe said he is more worried about his team.
He said the games will come down to how well Steamboat plays defense and whether the Sailors are able to take advantage of open looks.
"I would say for us, hopefully we can win these games," he said. "We always go in with that attitude. Ideally we'll win these two games."
Girls team tries for .500
With two winnable games today and Saturday, the Steamboat Springs High School girls basketball team has a chance to attain the confidence of a .500 winning percentage.
The team plays at 6 p.m. today against Battle Mountain before a 4 p.m. game Saturday against Eagle Valley. The games are at home.
"I want to, and we definitely should be able to," Steamboat coach John Ameen, whose team is 3-5 overall on the season, said about reaching the .500 mark. "It's that psychology of being at .500. Being at 5-5 is important."
While Battle Mountain and Eagle Valley come in with less than impressive records, Ameen said there is no way Steamboat can overlook either team.
The Huskies have played a schedule full of top-10 teams and Class 5A competition. The Devils return six players from last year's team that split with the Sailors.
"It's a matter of not overlooking anyone," Ameen said. "It's not being cocky. It's not taking teams and players for granted."
The focus in practice has been on upping the defensive intensity and cleaning up things on the offensive end.
Although Ameen wouldn't call these the most important game of the year, he said the Sailors have the opportunity to make a statement in the league.
"It's the second half. Obviously, with the break, it seems like it's been so long since we've played," he said. "It will be good to see where we're at and the progress we've made since the last game."
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