Steamboat's 18-win season comes to an end at No. 2 Sand Creek

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— It was a season that produced 18 wins and a second-round state playoff contest, but Steamboat Springs High School boys basketball couldn’t overcome Friday night’s road test at No. 2-seed Sand Creek.

The Sailors were looking to follow a remarkable double-overtime win just two nights prior, but the Scorpions jumped out to an early lead, creating a hole Steamboat could never dig itself out of.

The Sailors trailed 14-5 at the end of the first quarter, and 36-19 at halftime. Steamboat cut the lead to 10 late in the fourth quarter, but it was too little, too late. The Sailors lost, 64-49.

“We just got off to a terrible start,” Steamboat coach Luke DeWolfe said. “We came out of the gates slow offensively, and we got good looks but just couldn’t put it in. You can’t do that this deep into the playoffs.”

There is a silver lining because the bulk of the Sailors’ roster is chock full of juniors. But for Steamboat’s two seniors, Carter Kounovsky and Zach Dunklin, it meant the final time they will wear the red and white Sailors uniforms.

“We have great kids and their time at Steamboat Springs High School isn’t just about basketball,” DeWolfe said. “It’s about what great kids they are off the court also.

“We want to create basketball players, but at the same time, we want them to be great people," DeWolfe added. "Zach and Carter are that.”

Junior Matthew Lanning led Steamboat with 10 points. Brody King and Robi Powers pitched in nine points. But Steamboat had little answer for the Scorpions’ Langston Bell, who had a game-high 21.

Steamboat finished the season 18-7.

“We talked as a team. We reiterated that it’s tough and hurts right now,” DeWolfe said. “As we get farther from this loss, they will understand how great of a season they had.”

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

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