Turnovers drop Steamboat girls to 3rd-place Shoot-Out game
December 7, 2012
Steamboat Springs — On Thursday night, the Steamboat Springs High School girls basketball team blew away its opponent with a huge first quarter and gamelong turnover dominance.
On Friday night, the tables were reversed.
The Sailors struggled throughout a difficult matchup against Elizabeth, eventually falling, 46-20. Steamboat will play at 12:30 p.m. Saturday in the third-place game.
"We didn't execute very well, and we didn't take care of the ball," Steamboat coach John Ameen said. "We didn't play bad defense, but when we give them so many more possessions because of our turnovers, that's what's going to happen.”
Things weren't right from the start for the Sailors. They were held without a point in the first quarter, and the offense improved only marginally throughout the rest of the game. Steamboat scored six points in the second, four in the third and 10 in the fourth quarters.
Mikaila Jegtvig led the team for the second-consecutive night, scoring eight. McKenzie Repollo had six, sinking four of four free throws.
The Sailors weren't exactly awful on offense, and at times they were straight up stout on defense. They struggled to consistently get the ball up the court; however, losing dozens of scoring opportunities to turnovers produced by Elizabeth's pressure.
"They ball pressured us a bit and checked us on cuts, but it wasn't anything we haven't seen," Ameen said. "We need to be a little more composed out there."
Elizabeth ran with far more efficiency, and that allowed the gap to grow steadily throughout the night. It was only six points, 6-0, after the first quarter, but 20-6 after the second and 35-10 after the third.
Clare Nicolas led the Cardinals with 11 points, standing atop a spread-out pile of points. All seven of her teammates who entered the game scored at least once.
For Steamboat, Saturday's 12:30 p.m. consolation game against Green River is a chance to show more consistency against full-court pressure. The Wolves lost Friday, falling 63-31 to D'Evelyn.
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