Steamboat girls hoops keeps playoffs hopes alive with win

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— The Steamboat Springs High School girls basketball team kept its playoff hopes going Friday with a rugged 34-24 win at Palisade.

In an ugly, physical contest, the Sailors used a big fourth quarter to put the game away.

“It was probably the most physical game we’ve played this year,” Steamboat coach John Ameen said. “The referees were letting a lot go on both ends. We responded well and kept our composure.”

The two teams traded leads for most of the first three quarters. Neither team, however, could quite pull away.

Palisade led, 21-20, midway through the third before Steamboat took a 25-21 lead into the fourth quarter.

There the Sailors locked down defensively and did just enough offensively to open the game up.

Eryn Rinck led the Sailors with nine points. Alex Feeley added seven, and Nikki Fry had six.

Steamboat next plays at 1 p.m. Saturday at Delta, one of the top teams in the league.

“We have to go into Delta and believe we can play with them,” Ameen said.

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