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Offense, injury help sink Sailor girls basketball

Steamboat's Jenna Miller puts up a shot against Discovery Canyon on Thursday. The Sailors lost, 29-15.

— It was a bad night for the Steamboat Springs High School girls basketball team Thursday night in its opener in the Steamboat Shoot-Out even before considering the Sailors’ two-point second half.

The squad lost to Discovery Canyon, 29-15, outscored 22-2 in the second half. Junior Annie Osbourne went down late in the first quarter with a knee injury that definitely kept her out the rest of the game, seemed likely to keep her out the rest of the tournament and could keep her out the rest of the season.

Osbourne has led the team in scoring this season, scoring 28 percent of the team’s points in its first three games.

Steamboat wasn’t sharp offensively early, but it was effective, especially on defense. Discovery Canyon scored just three points in the first quarter and four in the second, sinking just two field goals.

The Sailors, meanwhile, got seven points from Jenna Miller. The game wasn’t ever pretty, but Steamboat had the best of it at half, 13-7.

“Our girls kept switching, and they were talking out there the whole first half,” Steamboat coach Mack Spitellie said. “In the second half, they quit.”

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It all went downhill from there. Steamboat scored just once in the second half, on a pair of Ellie Crouch free throws in the last minute of the third quarter.

Persistent turnovers, forced shots and fruitless possessions defined the rest of the game.

At the same time, Discovery Canyon came out of its own slumber. Emily Carter scored 12 points to lead the team. She sank three 3-point shots to help the Thunder catch, pass and pull away from Steamboat.

“We forced it. It was a continual force to the wrong people,” Spitellie said. “We didn’t make the easy pass, swing the ball or making a hard ball fake.

“Losing Annie changed the whole scope. It’s about who’s going to step up. We have to come out and be ready to play.”

Steamboat plays at 6:15 p.m. Friday against Elizabeth.

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Steamboat Shoot-Out Day 1 scores

Girls scores

• Eagle Valley 55, Elizabeth 34

• Frederick 55, Battle Mountain 42

• Palmer Ridge 54, Prairie View 39

• Discovery Canyon 29, Steamboat Springs 15

Boys scores

• Moffat County 58, Eagle Valley 15

• Colorado Academy 67, Elizabeth 52

• Steamboat Springs 67, Roosevelt 52

• Palmer Ridge 65, Northridge 51

• Battle Mountain 80, Denver Christian 41