Late surge nets Sailors girls hoops first league win

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— A short-handed Steamboat Springs High School girls varsity basketball squad used a fourth-quarter rally Friday night to steal its first conference win of the season at Palisade.

2013-14 Sailors girls basketball schedule

  • Dec. 2: Steamboat 46, Grand Junction Central 32 
  • Dec. 6: Brenda Patch Tournament in Roaring Fork: Steamboat 37, Roaring Fork 22
  • Dec. 7: Brenda Patch Tournament in Roaring Fork
  • Dec. 12 to 14: Steamboat Springs Shoot-Out
  • Dec. 20: 1:15 p.m. vs. Glenwood Springs at Pepsi Center
  • Jan. 10: 6 p.m. at Palisade  
  • Jan. 11: 1 p.m. at Delta  
  • Jan. 16: 5:30 p.m. at Eagle Valley  
  • Jan. 18: 12:30 p.m. vs. Battle Mountain
  • Jan. 21: 6 p.m. at Rifle  
  • Jan. 25: 1 p.m. at Glenwood Springs  
  • Jan. 30: 6 p.m. at Summit  
  • Feb. 1: 2 p.m. vs. Rifle  
  • Feb. 7: 6 p.m. vs. Palisade
  • Feb. 8: 2:30 p.m. vs. Delta  
  • Feb. 11: 6 p.m. vs. Summit
  • Feb. 13: 5:30 p.m. at Battle Mountain  
  • Feb. 15: 2 p.m. vs. Eagle Valley

Down by eight with about five minutes to play, Annie Osbourne converted an and-one play to cut things to five, and the Sailors continued the surge, beating the Bulldogs, 46-45.

Sailors coach Mack Spitellie said he lost seniors Maddie Robertson and Mikaila Jegtvig, both key contributors to Steamboat’s attack, to injury Tuesday. But led by Osbourne’s team-high 13 points and a collective team effort, Spitellie said his Sailors put together their most complete game of the season.

“We just played a very solid complete four quarters against a good team,” Spitellie said. “We didn’t let the game get out of reach. We were kind of scared there with about six minutes left, that kind of freaked me out a little bit.”

The coach praised the all-around play of his point guard, Hunter Anderson, who poured in six points. Ashley Spitellie had five points and Amaris Duryea chipped in four.

“Hunter Anderson, holy smokes, she played a phenomenal game,” Spitellie said. “She handled all the pressure. It was really a team effort.”

It was Steamboat’s first game since falling hard to Glenwood Springs at the start of the holiday break.

Against Palisade, the Sailors trailed, 22-20, going into halftime Friday and found themselves in a five-point hole heading into the final quarter.

Spitellie said his team slowly climbed back in the game, aided by a group that shrugged off the week’s injuries and improved to 6-2 on the season.

“When they come to play, I love to watch them because they just play hard,” Spitellie said of his squad.

Steamboat’s next game is Saturday at Delta at 6 p.m.

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

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