2012-13 Sailors boys basketball schedule
- Nov. 30: Steamboat 46, Roaring Fork 33
- Dec. 1: Steamboat 51, Basalt 27
- Dec. 6: Steamboat 50, Montezuma-Cortez 26 at Steamboat Springs Shoot-Out
- Dec. 7: D’Evelyn 74, Steamboat 34 at Steamboat Springs Shoot-Out
- Dec. 8: Steamboat 42, Montrose 34 for third at Steamboat Springs Shoot-Out
- Dec. 14: Steamboat 35, Rifle 33
- Dec. 15: Glenwood Springs 47, Steamboat 45
- Dec. 21: Steamboat 56, Summit 47
- Jan. 11: Palisade 41, Steamboat 36
- Jan. 12: Delta 55, Steamboat 48
- Jan. 18: Eagle Valley 37, Steamboat 36
- Jan. 19: Steamboat 42, Battle Mountain 41
- Jan. 26: Glenwood Springs 42, Steamboat 30
- Feb. 1: Steamboat 39, Summit 35
- Feb. 2: Rifle 39, Steamboat 29
- Feb. 8: Steamboat 52, Palisade 40
- Feb. 9: Steamboat 35, Delta 34
- Feb. 15: Battle Mountain 57, Steamboat 56
- Feb. 16: Eagle Valley 43, Steamboat 40
Steamboat Springs Ayren Hart had no problem admitting his eyes were closed.
The last play was designed for the Eagle Valley senior, but Hart found himself with the ball and precious seconds ticking off the clock.
Hart took three dribbles and lasered a shot from near the elbow of the free-throw line that kissed the glass and fell in as time expired, giving the Eagle Valley boys basketball team a 37-36 win against Steamboat.
“My eyes were closed, I swear,” Hart said. “I mean, I was shocked.”
Not as shocked as a Steamboat team that controlled the game for nearly three quarters only to see a 12-point lead evaporate.
The Sailors were up 33-21 with 37 seconds left in the third quarter. Eagle Valley started to chip away and held Steamboat scoreless for 5:45 to eventually take a 35-33 lead with 4:09 left in the fourth quarter.
Finally, Steamboat’s Brody King made a bucket to knot it up at 35.
Steamboat’s Carter Kounovsky hit one of two free throws with 22 seconds left before Hart hit his buzzer-beater.
“It’s not a byproduct of the last shot — it’s a byproduct of how you played for 32 minutes,” Steamboat coach Luke DeWolfe said. “The looks we got were good looks. Right now, we have a tendency to shoot well in the first half and not in the second.”
Steamboat certainly played better in the first half, but Eagle Valley was able to speed up the game in the second half to make the Sailors uncomfortable.
A prime example was late in the third quarter. After Steamboat took its largest lead of the night at 33-21, it looked like Eagle Valley was on the ropes.
But the Devils scored five points in the last 19 seconds of the quarter and the first nine seconds of the fourth to change the complexion of the game.
I told the guys they had to have a sense of urgency,” Devils coach Jim Bair said. “Playing in a game like that, it’s like being down 30. We were fortunate enough tonight to win, but they understood it was important to be urgent in the third quarter and not just the last couple of minutes.”
Steamboat falls to 6-5 overall and 2-4 in the Western Slope League. Eagle Valley is 9-2 and 5-1.
Steamboat girls falter in late comeback
2012-13 Sailors girls basketball schedule
- Nov. 30: Steamboat 41, Roaring Fork 36
- Dec. 1: Steamboat 50, Basalt 31
- Dec. 6: Steamboat 61, Montezuma-Cortez 29 at Steamboat Springs Shoot-Out
- Dec. 7: Elizabeth 46, Steamboat 20 at Steamboat Springs Shoot-Out
- Dec. 8: Steamboat 34, Green River 30 for third place at Steamboat Springs Shoot-Out
- Dec. 14: Rifle 44, Steamboat 29
- Dec. 15: Glenwood Springs 46, Steamboat 39
- Dec. 21: Steamboat 53, Summit 16
- Jan. 11: Palisade 47, Steamboat 35
- Jan. 12: Delta 58, Steamboat 26
- Jan. 18: Eagle Valley 41, Steamboat 40
- Jan. 19: Steamboat 53, Battle Mountain 18
- Jan. 26: Glenwood Springs 51, Steamboat 41
- Feb. 1: Steamboat 63, Summit 23
- Feb. 2: Rifle 44, Steamboat 35
- Feb. 8: Steamboat 65, Palisade 55
- Feb. 9: Delta 42, Steamboat 35
- Feb. 15: Steamboat 62, Battle Mountain 12
- Feb. 16: Steamboat 52, Eagle Valley 30
- Feb. 19: District tournament, first round: Steamboat 50, Summit 20
- Feb. 26: State playoffs, first round: Steamboat 32, Green Mountain 30
- March 1: State playoffs, second round: Windsor 37, Steamboat 24
It was everything you’d expect from a Western Slope League girls basketball game.
Team A jumped out to a big lead, gave it up, fell behind, came back, took the lead and eventually lost.
Team A, as it seems to go this year, was Steamboat.
Eagle Valley withstood a late charge in picking up a 41-40 win Friday and stayed in the thick of things in the Western Slope League.
The Devils, with a limited bench because several girls were away for Monday's presidential inauguration, improved to 8-3 overall and 5-1 in the Western Slope League. The team remains a game behind Delta in the standings. Steamboat is 5-6 overall and 1-5 in the league.
For Steamboat, it was what could have been.
The team was up 17-13 after a quarter, before struggling in the second and falling behind 31-22.
Eagle Valley was keyed by Mariel Gutierrez’s 14 points in the second quarter.
“She brings a calming effect to our team,” Devils coach Sam Bartlett said. “She’s just a hard-working kid.”
But Steamboat battled. The Sailors cut the lead to 35-29 after three quarters and had it at 39-38 with 1:45 left.
Steamboat’s Mikaila Jegtvig and Eagle Valley’s Madeline Lounsberry traded free throws to put the Devils up 41-40 with 24 seconds remaining.
Steamboat’s Maggie Crouch got an offensive rebound and was fouled with a second left but couldn’t connect on a pair of free throws.
“We battled in the fourth and had an opportunity to win at the end and just didn’t do it,” Steamboat coach John Ameen said. “We just haven’t found a way to be able to close games like that.”
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