Steamboat Springs Before Saturday’s game against Green River, Wyo., Steamboat Springs High School senior Sydney Bauknecht learned a lesson in simplicity.
After struggling offensively through two games, often times forcing things and struggling to find any sort of consistency, Bauknecht simply turned off her mind and played.
The result was a far more efficient Steamboat team and a 47-36 win to take seventh place in the Steamboat Shootout basketball tournament.
“I think after Thursday’s game I was in a slump,” said Bauknecht, who scored a game-high 17 points, including 13 in the first half. “I wasn’t thinking about the days before. I just went out and played.”
Bauknecht’s offensive outburst was a welcome sign for a Steamboat team that struggled mightily on the offensive end for two games. Outside of forward Nikki Fry, Steamboat had little scoring punch Thursday and Friday.
But the Sailors (3-2) were clearly a different team right from the start Saturday. They jumped out to a 12-7 lead, thanks in large part to eight points from Bauknecht. Still, Green River kept it close early in the second quarter before Steamboat hit a burst.
McKenzie Repollo scored all nine of her points in the second quarter in helping the Sailors build a 28-13 lead at the half.
The Wolves used a half-court trap to get back into the game in the third quarter. Green River cut Steamboat’s lead to 39-30 after three quarters and had it at 40-35 with 3 minutes, 18 seconds left in the game.
But the Sailors went 5 of 6 at the free throw line in the last two minutes to seal the win.
“I thought we played hard all weekend,” Steamboat coach John Ameen said. “We played harder and faster than they did today.”
In addition to Bauknecht, Fry again had a solid game. The junior forward scored 12 of her 14 points in the second half.
Steamboat next plays at 5 p.m. Monday at Aspen.
Despite finishing the tournament 1-2, Ameen said Friday and Saturday’s games showed marked improvement in his young and inexperienced team.
“It’s nice to get a win,” he said. “I’m still confident in what we can do. Thursday we didn’t adapt very well but these last two games were a positive for us.”