Sailors girls hoops loses overtime heartbreaker at Falcon

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— Steamboat Springs High School girls basketball’s season is finished, but ask anyone on the Sailors’ roster, and they feel they won their state playoff first-round game against Falcon on Tuesday night.

The Sailors were up four points with a minute and a half left but missed four crucial free throws down the stretch to send it to overtime. Then in overtime, Falcon’s Kayla Travis sank Steamboat with a game-winning shot as time expired, though Sailors coach Mack Spitellie thinks the shot should have been waved off.

“They hit a traveling game-winner with no time left,” Spitellie said. “She took four steps.”

Nevertheless, Steamboat’s season is done with a 44-42 overtime loss to the Falcons.

It marked the final game for Steamboat’s seven seniors — Maddie Robertson, Ellie Becker, Mikaila Jegtvig, Hunter Anderson, Maggie Crouch, Ashley Spitellie and Amaris Duryea.

“I would have to say it was a horrible game to lose as a senior leaving when you really did have it won,” Spitellie said. “That’s what most of the seniors sort of feel right now. They feel they won.”

Free-throw shooting — and the missed traveling call — played a huge factor in Steamboat’s first-round exit, the coach said. The Sailors missed just two free throws all game until missing six critical ones in the final minutes and overtime.

Duryea led all Steamboat girls with 13 points. Crouch had 12 points in her final outing, and Jegtvig added eight.

Steamboat finished the season 12-12.

To reach Ben Ingersoll, call 970-871-4204, email bingersoll@SteamboatToday.com or follow him on Twitter @BenMIngersoll

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