Steamboat girls basketball team falls to D’Evelyn at Shoot-Out
Sailors finish home tournament in fourth place
December 11, 2010
Girls Shoot-Out results
1st and 2nd place
Fossil Ridge beat Montrose
3rd and 4th place
D’Evelyn beat Steamboat
5th and 6th place
Castle View beat Windsor
7th and 8th place
Moffat beat Green River
Steamboat Springs — The Steamboat Springs Shoot-Out basketball tournament generally brings out competitiveness, but it also breeds familiarity.
For the third straight season, the Steamboat Springs High School girls basketball team played D'Evelyn, this time in the third- and fourth-place game Saturday.
Unfortunately for Steamboat, it also was the third straight time D'Evelyn ran away with a win.
The Jaguars used a big first quarter and forced the Sailors into 28 turnovers, winning, 77-55.
"We know that group pretty well," D'Evelyn coach Chris Olson said. Steamboat coach "John (Ameen) does a good job with them. They're getting better, but that's the style we play. It's never about the other team with us. We know we can be as good as we want to be."
D'Evelyn certainly was good Saturday.
The Jaguars, who narrowly missed making the championship game after falling to Montrose, 57-54, on Friday, started quick and never looked back.
D'Evelyn started the game on a 15-3 run and set the tone with its full-court press. The Jaguars forced nine first-quarter turnovers and took a 24-13 lead after the first eight minutes.
"The first quarter is what hurt us the most," Ameen said. "The rest of the game we handled (the press) much better."
The Sailors finally started to settle in midway through the second quarter, but by that time D'Evelyn had built a comfortable lead.
When the Jaguars weren't getting easy baskets off their press, they found a home behind the 3-point line.
D'Evelyn hit 11 3-pointers in the game, including five from sophomore guard Laura Tyree.
Steamboat's best quarter came in the third. Trailing, 45-24, the Sailors hit their lone run of the game.
Steamboat went on a 9-1 run at the end of the quarter to cut the lead to 45-33. But D'Evelyn opened the fourth by scoring the first 8 points of the quarter to thwart any thoughts of a comeback.
"They've got great athletes, and we knew it was going to be a tough game," said Tara Spitellie, who led Steamboat with 19 points, including five 3-pointers. "But we never quit, and I feel like we grew as a team."
Steamboat, however, looked better than it had Friday against Fossil Ridge.
After the disastrous first quarter, Steamboat started to handle the press better and get open looks. The Sailors just struggled to corral the Jaguars' outside shooters.
"We play like this against Fossil Ridge, how we adjusted as individuals and as a team, we probably end up winning that game," Ameen said. "The thing that killed us were uncontested 3s."
In addition to Spitellie, Hannah Moore had 12 points, and Eryn Rinck had 10.
D'Evelyn's Madalyn Neely led scorers with 24, and Tyree chipped in 19.
The Steamboat girls next play at 5 p.m. Monday at home against Aspen.
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