Gypsum Eagle Valley girls basketball used a 24-7 lead against Steamboat Springs after one quarter Thursday night to down the Sailors, 49-34.
“We talked about playing with the lead,” Devils coach Sam Bartlett said. “We came out hot again. We played a little bit better with the lead. We still lost the last three quarters by two points, but it didn’t get within single-digits, which was nice.”
Taylor Martin and Ashley Floyd gave Eagle Valley (8-3 overall and 4-1 in the 4A Slope) a 4-3 lead early. Floyd had a big first quarter with 10 points.
She gave the Devils the lead for good with a running jumper at 8-7 with 4:01 left, and then Eagle Valley went into overdrive. Mariel Gutierrez, Jessie Chambers and Taylor Martin all had buckets, and Floyd ended the period with two quick scores, followed by a Gutierrez steal and layup combination.
“I’d say it was both,” Sailors coach Mack Spitellie. “They played hard, and we didn’t. We have those nights. When we play hard, we’re in everything. When we don’t, you see what we get."
Steamboat’s Hunter Anderson had a scary moment in a third-quarter collision with Megan Asmussen. Anderson got the worst of it and did not return to the game. Sailors senior Amaris Duryea led Steamboat (6-4, 1-3) with eight points.