Steamboat girls basketball racks up wins

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— Prior to the season, the Steamboat Springs High School girls basketball coach lauded his team as the most athletic team he’d coached in his time in Steamboat.

Through eight games, there isn’t much of an argument.

Steamboat opened the Flaming Gorge Classic in Green River, Wyo., with a pair of wins, using its athleticism and defense to propel it.

Steamboat beat Kemmerer, 35-25, on Thursday evening and Jackson, 48-27, on Friday.

“They buy into this system of playing hard and fast,” Ameen said. “They want to get into people, and they want to be around the ball. Even the games we haven’t played well, we’re creating a lot of havoc for the other team.”

Against Kemmerer, Ameen said Steamboat (6-2) struggled in just about every offensive phase of the game. But the team’s defense allowed it to hold on for a win.

Then against Jackson, Steamboat took an early lead and outscored Jackson, 15-3, in the third quarter to break the game open.

The Sailors continue to get balanced scoring as Nikki Fry, Alex Feeley and Sydney Bauknecht each scored in double figures Friday.

Steamboat wraps up the pre-holiday portion of its schedule at 9:40 a.m. Saturday against Cheyenne Central.

It’s been a busy portion of the schedule for Steamboat. After Saturday’s game, Steamboat will have played seven games in 10 days. That includes playing the late game Thursday in Wyoming and opening up with the early game Friday.

“I’m proud of how they’ve reacted to some adversity,” Ameen said.

To reach Luke Graham, call 970-871-4229 or email lgraham@SteamboatToday

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