Steamboat Springs’ Eryn Rinck hits a shot during Friday night’s home game against the Moffat County Bulldogs.

Photo by John F. Russell

Steamboat Springs’ Eryn Rinck hits a shot during Friday night’s home game against the Moffat County Bulldogs.

Steamboat girls basketball done in by slow 3rd quarter against Moffat

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Steamboat Springs' McKenzie Repollo drives the lane during Friday night's home game against the Moffat County Bulldogs.

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Steamboat Springs Nikki Fry hits a shot during Friday night's home game against the Moffat County Bulldogs.

— There certainly were moments when you could see the Steamboat Springs girls basketball team playing with Moffat County. 

Then there were stretches like the third quarter, when Moffat County proved its a worthy Western Slope League co-champion in a 48-35 win. 

The game started out like it would be a classic slugfest with the two U.S. Highway 40 rivals. 

Moffat led throughout the first two quarters but never could hit its run, taking just a 22-18 lead into halftime.

The Sailors battled foul trouble in first half with two of its top players — Nikki Fry and Sydney Bauknecht — each picking up their third fouls midway through the second quarter. 

Steamboat came out in the second half and immediately got a bucket from Bauknecht to cut the lead to 22-20. 

Then that run came. 

Moffat finished the quarter on a 16-2 run — Steamboat went without a point for 5:39 — and took a 38-22 lead into the fourth quarter. 

“Just a five minute stretch,” Steamboat coach John Ameen said. “You take that back, and the whole game is like the first half. I’m happy with the effort. From the time we played them before to the time we played them now, we’ve improved.”

The Bulldogs led by as much as 44-23 early in the fourth before Steamboat started to make a little comeback. 

But it was too little, too late for the Sailors. 

Fry and Eryn Rinck led Steamboat with eight points each. 

Now, each team must wait until Sunday when the Colorado High School Activities Association releases the 48-team, Class 4A bracket. 

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

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