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Short-handed Steamboat boys just short against league-leading Glenwood

Devon Meeks

Steamboat Springs High School Sailor Jake Berry goes in for a shot against Glenwood Springs on Thursday.

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — The Steamboat Springs High School boys and girls basketball teams played the Glenwood Springs High School boys and girls teams Thursday. The Steamboat boys lost a hard-nosed, grind-it-out game in overtime 43-41. The Steamboat girls eclipsed thirty points, but fell 66-31.

Defense is a priority for the Sailor boys, and Thursday their stingy defense rose to nearly everything conference-leading Glenwood Springs threw at it. They were led on the defensive end by Aden Knaus, who had a strong overall performance that included 12 points and several key blocks.

The stingy Steamboat defense did take a couple possessions to warm up, however, allowing Glenwood to jump out of the gates fast, and fell behind 8-0 after the first three possessions.

Steamboat woke up after that.

The Sailors got a huge performance from Dawson Lindquist, including back-to-back, 3-point shots to keep the game from slipping away early. Fellow sophomore Connor Hansen hit a deep 3-pointer on the next trip up the court to give the Sailors a lead late in the first quarter.

Lindquist would continue to shine throughout the rest of the first half, including a nifty spin move for an easy bucket, a coast-to-coast lay up, and several sweets assists.

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Lindquist ended the half with 10 points, and finished the night with a game-high 16.

The second half turned into a chess match, both sides slowing the game down and using up as much of the clock on each possession that they could.

Where the first half saw 49 points scored between the two teams, the second half only had 25 total points scored.

Steamboat started to lose momentum late and Glenwood managed to tie the game at the end of regulation.

In overtime, it was more tough defense being played by both sides but the Devils snuck by the Sailors in the end on a smoothly run backdoor cut for a key layup.

Steamboat got big contributions from the bench. Lindquist, Hansen, Jack Martin and Jake Kreissig all saw increased playing time due to three regular Steamboat starters, Mac Riniker, Quinn Connell and Tyler Doyne, wearing street clothes and sitting on the bench. A fan wouldn't have been able to tell they were gone as the team played a smart, cohesive, calculated, team-oriented game from start to finish.

The Steamboat Springs High School girls were led in scoring Thrusday by Shelbee Weiss, who had 10 points.

Both the boys and girls next play Saturday at Palisade.