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Late surge nets Sailors girls hoops first league win

Ben Ingersoll

— 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.

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."

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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.

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