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Sailors girls fall to Northridge

Luke Graham

Steamboat Springs High School senior Emily Metscher looks for an open teammate Thursday night during the ninth annual Basketball Shoot Out.

Steamboat Springs High School sophomore Kylee Swiggart wrestles for the ball with Northridge High School senior Darian Warden on Thursday night during the ninth annual Basketball Shoot Out.
Matt Stensland

Steamboat Springs — After dominating the first half of play – leading by as many as nine and taking a 21-13 lead to halftime, the Steamboat Springs High School girls basketball team had a third quarter it would like to forget. The end result was a 42-26 loss Thursday against Northridge in the first round of the Steamboat Shoot Out. — After dominating the first half of play – leading by as many as nine and taking a 21-13 lead to halftime, the Steamboat Springs High School girls basketball team had a third quarter it would like to forget. The end result was a 42-26 loss Thursday against Northridge in the first round of the Steamboat Shoot Out.

— After dominating the first half of play – leading by as many as nine and taking a 21-13 lead to halftime, the Steamboat Springs High School girls basketball team had a third quarter it would like to forget. The end result was a 42-26 loss Thursday against Northridge in the first round of the Steamboat Shoot Out.

“We can hang our hats on that first half, but for how good that first half was, the opposite doesn’t even do the second half justice,” said Steamboat coach John Ameen, whose team relinquished its first-half lead in the first three minutes of the second half and were outscored 20-1 in the quarter. Northridge “came out flat fired up, and I think that’s the discouraging part. We didn’t match the intensity of the other team.”

Early on, however, the consistency and patience Ameen had been searching for were evident.

The Sailors used long possessions and good ball movement to jump out to an early 11-10 lead. In the second quarter, Steamboat looked nothing like the team that won only two games last year.

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Keyed by five points for sophomore Gracie Stockdale, the Sailors began to extend their lead. A Brittany Long jumper with 2 minutes, 12 seconds remaining in the half put Steamboat up 21-12.

But in the second half, Steamboat started to crumble.

The Sailors struggled with turnovers, committing 10 of them on their first 11 possessions.

After a 6-0 Northridge run cut the Steamboat lead to 21-19, Lizzie Stoll hit one of two free throws to give the Sailors a three-point lead.

But the Sailors went scoreless for the last 5:12 of the third quarter and went into the fourth quarter down, 33-22.

“You build off of that first half,” Ameen said. “But it comes to a point where we need to have four quarters of that.”

Stockdale led the Sailors with 10 points. Stoll added six points and five rebounds.

Steamboat plays Woodland Park at 4:40 p.m. today in the main gymnasium.

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