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Teams look toward league games

Luke Graham

Steamboat Springs — As the Steamboat Springs boys and girls basketball teams head toward the holiday break, they find themselves in a Catch-22. — As the Steamboat Springs boys and girls basketball teams head toward the holiday break, they find themselves in a Catch-22.

— As the Steamboat Springs boys and girls basketball teams head toward the holiday break, they find themselves in a Catch-22.

The break provides much-needed rest, but with the Colorado High School Activities Association’s 10-day mandated break, both Sailors coaches said the downtime causes problems.

“A big part of it is what do they do mentally and physically,” boys coach Kelly Meek said.

The boys enter the break at 6-2, already having played seven high-quality teams.

Although Meek admits his team had its struggles during the Flaming Gorge Basketball Tournament, he said one of the most encouraging things to come out of the non-league schedule was the Sailors’ ability to come back from virtually anything.

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“At times, we were blunt about what our shortcomings were,” Meek said. “We corrected them, and they took the criticism well.”

Meek said the break will give starters Michael Vandahl (thumb) and Alex Wood (ankle) time to heal and return at 100 percent.

Meek, whose team won the Steamboat Springs Shoot-Out tournament earlier in the month, said the quality of teams the Sailors played will help them as they enter the league schedule.

Steamboat went undefeated in league play last season.

“We’ve seen multiple systems, great big post players, and we’ve seen great guards,” Meek said. “We’ve been exposed to a number of solid systems and solid teams, and it can only make us better.”

On the girls side, coach John Ameen said although the break will be good for his team, it will throw off the girls’ timing and offensive cohesiveness.

“It gives time for a little rest and time to spend with their families,” Ameen said. “But now the things we’ve improved on are going to slip now. That’s the big concern.”

The girls enter the break at 1-7.

Despite the off time, both teams will get a full week of practice before returning to the court Jan. 8 at rival Moffat County.