Steamboat Springs The high school basketball season is still five months away, but a busy June for the Hayden girls basketball team has coach Eric Hamilton already thinking about winter.
The team logged 26 games in two early summer tournaments and a team camp in Greeley.
It went 10-16 in that stretch, playing what Hamilton said were almost always larger schools.
“Out of those 16, the only loss to a school that was smaller than us was to a team from Kansas,” he said. “We just had a great summer. That’s the most games we’ve ever played during the summer.”
The extra work certainly could come in handy for a Tigers team that will enter the season in need of some experience. The squad graduated four seniors, including the last two players who started in 2009’s run to third place at the Class 2A state tournament.
That’s not to say the team is devoid of experience. Delanie VeDepo, Kyra Rolando and Erin Koehler were each among the team’s stat leaders last season.
“The summer is huge for us,” Hamilton said. “We’re just so far ahead with running offense and our defense. We can go right into the season and be ready to work on stuff.”
The Tigers went 15-8 last season and finished second in the Western Slope League.