Steamboat's Alex Luber is crushed by a pair of Fossil Ridge defenders Friday during the second-round of the Steamboat Springs Shoot-Out. The Sailors lost the game, falling to a 1:30 p.m. consolation game today in Steamboat.

Photo by Joel Reichenberger

Steamboat's Alex Luber is crushed by a pair of Fossil Ridge defenders Friday during the second-round of the Steamboat Springs Shoot-Out. The Sailors lost the game, falling to a 1:30 p.m. consolation game today in Steamboat.

Turnovers hurt Steamboat girls in Shoot-Out

Sailors team struggles to take care of ball against Fossil Ridge at Shoot-Out

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2010-11 Sailors girls basketball schedule

— It has become pretty apparent that when the Steamboat Springs High School girls basketball team doesn’t turn the ball over, it has a pretty good chance of winning.

But when it turns the ball over like it did Friday against Fossil Ridge — 24 times — there aren’t many times Steamboat will wind up victorious.

In a sloppy semifinal game of the Steamboat Springs Shoot-Out, Fossil Ridge’s full-court press was too much, and the Sabercats ran away with a 36-27 win.

“I think what we’re good at is being athletic and getting our hands on things,” Fossil Ridge coach Shannon Rand said. “That was our game plan, and once it started working, we were going to stick with what was working.”

It worked from the outset.

The Sabercats never trailed in the contest and overcame a poor shooting effort from the field. Fossil Ridge shot just 25 percent from the floor, but relied on its press to get easy baskets.

“We turned the ball over more in one half than we have in one game this season,” Steamboat coach John Ameen said. “It was a passive press. We forced the sideline and tried to do it ourselves. It blew up in our face.”

Fossil Ridge led 7-4 after one quarter and 15-11 at halftime.

Steamboat finally started to get something going at the end of the third and beginning of the fourth quarters.

The Sailors got a bucket from Hannah Moore to end the third quarter down just 25-21, and a pair of free throws from Katie Lettunich to begin the fourth to cut the lead to 25-23.

But the Sabercats outscored the Sailors, 11-4, down the stretch to get the win.

“It’s the most disappointing we’ve played this year,” Lettunich said. “The third quarter we did some good things, but we just haven’t played a complete game this year.”

Tara Spitellie led the Sailors with 11 points and 11 rebounds.

Steamboat next plays at 1:30 p.m. today against D’Evelyn.

Steamboat Springs Shoot-Out results and schedule

Steamboat Springs High School

Friday

Boys

Castle View 68, Montrose 52

Palmer Ridge 35, Green River 33

Windsor 67, Moffat 41

Steamboat 53, D’Evelyn 51

Today’s games

N — new gym; A — auxiliary gym

Championship

Castle View vs. Palmer Ridge, 6:45 p.m. (N)

3rd and 4th place

Montrose vs. Green River, 3:15 p.m. (N)

5th and 6th place

Steamboat vs. Windsor, 11:45 a.m. (A)

7th and 8th place

D’Evelyn vs. Moffat County, 10 a.m. (N)

Girls

Fossil Ridge 36, Steamboat 27

Montrose 57, D’Evelyn 54

Windsor 72, Green River 58

Castle View 45, Moffat 43

Saturday’s games

Championship

Fossil Ridge vs. Montrose, 5 p.m. (N)

3rd and 4th place

Steamboat vs. D’Evelyn, 1:30 p.m. (N)

5th and 6th place

Windsor vs. Castle View, 11:45 a.m. (N)

7th and 8th place

Green River vs. Moffat, 10 a.m. (A)

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