The Steamboat Springs High School girls basketball team opened up Western Slope League play Friday with a 47-27 win against Battle Mountain.
Although it wasn't as clean or crisp as Sailors coach John Ameen would have liked, the third-year Steamboat coach was happy to open up league play with a win.
Steamboat used strong first and fourth quarters to win. The Sailors held the Huskies to two points in the first quarter and four in the fourth to run away with the game.
"We came out ready," Ameen said. "Unfortunately in that second quarter, we started go away from what made us successful. We should have extended the lead but instead we kept them right there."
The Sailors jumped out to a 17-4 lead through a quarter and a half, before the Huskies started to respond.
Battle Mountain closed out the final 2:22 of the second quarter on an 8-2 run, to make the score 19-12 at halftime.
The Huskies continued to hang around in the third quarter, even cutting the lead to 28-21 at one point, before the Sailors (4-5 overall, 1-0 in Western Slope League play) got back in a rhythm. Thanks to a 3-pointer by Amanda Willman and buckets by Colleen King and Lindsey Yost, Steamboat pushed its lead to 37-23 heading into the fourth quarter.
"I guess we were just real stagnant in our offense," Battle Mountain coach Andrew Schmid said. "You don't win when you score two points in the first quarter and four points in the fourth."
Colleen King led the Sailors with 13 points and 11 rebounds. Brittany Long chipped in 10 points, and Darcy Hornstein added seven.
Kenia Olivas led Battle Mountain with 12 points, while junior Adriana Morken had seven.
The two teams continue play today. Battle Mountain plays Moffat County, while Steamboat hosts Eagle Valley at 4 p.m. in the Kelly Meek Gymnasium.