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Steamboat girls take tough loss

Team becoming more consistent on defense and more patient while on offense

Luke Graham

Steamboat Springs — Without a doubt, the Steamboat Springs girls basketball team is getting better as the season progresses. The team is becoming more consistent on defense and more patient on offense. — Without a doubt, the Steamboat Springs girls basketball team is getting better as the season progresses. The team is becoming more consistent on defense and more patient on offense.

— Without a doubt, the Steamboat Springs girls basketball team is getting better as the season progresses. The team is becoming more consistent on defense and more patient on offense.

But they couldn’t convert opportunities Saturday. The Sailors lost, 44-20, to a sharp Falcon team, in the fifth-place game of the Steamboat Springs Shoot-Out tournament at Steamboat Springs High School.

“It’s execution. It’s confidence in what I’m telling them,” Steamboat coach John Ameen said after the final buzzer. “They need to have that confidence.”

Last year in the Shoot-Out, Falcon beat Steamboat, 82-20.

A day after the Sailors motion offense opened up easy buckets in a win against Woodland Park, the lanes closed and the turnovers mounted Saturday.

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Steamboat (1-4) committed 27 turnovers and made only six field goals in the game.

But Ameen said the offensive drought wasn’t necessarily because Steamboat wasn’t patient.

In fact, he said the Sailors might have been too patient.

“The fact now is we need to get better,” Ameen said. “We need to read cuts better and we need to see cuts better.”

Falcon took advantage of Steamboat’s struggles early in the game.

The Falcons scored the first nine points of the game on their way to a 19-8 first quarter lead.

Falcon extended its lead in the third quarter – when Steamboat was only able to muster up a couple of Kylee Swiggart free throws – to 36-16 heading into the final quarter.

In the final quarter, it was more of the same for Steamboat as the Sailors couldn’t seem to get a shot to go down.

Falcon scored the first six points of the quarter to thwart any thought of a Steamboat comeback.

A bright spot for Steamboat was the play of sophomore forward Colleen King.

King, who was passive in Thursday’s game against Northridge, became much more aggressive with each passing game.

Saturday, King led the Sailors with 12 points and 11 rebounds.

“I’ve just been trying to work on my post moves, but I am still looking for my 15-foot jump shot,” King said. “If I can hit those, then they’ll pull up on me, and I can get down into the post.”

Now, the Sailors will gear up for the Flaming Gorge Tournament on Thursday, Friday and Saturday in Wyoming.

Ameen expects to see tough teams but said if Steamboat continues to progress the way it has, the team should be in every game.

“You can never be satisfied,” Ameen said. “Yeah, we’re better than last year, but we can’t settle for it. These two weeks have shown that and showed what we need to work on. We will get better at it.”