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Steamboat girls fall at home against Battle Mountain

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Losing is frustrating said Karly Lanning, one of just three seniors on the Steamboat Springs High School girls basketball roster.

The Sailors lost again Friday. A big offensive second half wasn't enough to erase the deficit created in a sluggish first half and the team fell at home against Battle Mountain, 49-25.

That loss bumped the team to 0-18 on the season after going 0-23 last year.

The message from Lanning after the game, however, was despite the team's struggles, it's not going anywhere.

"Sometimes it gets tough," she said, "but the atmosphere of the team and the coaches, it's just fun.

"I've always loved the game, so for me it's not about losing. It's about being able to play with these girls. It's great to play."

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Steamboat was held scoreless in the second quarter and had just five points at halftime. It was much sharper in the second half, scoring 20 points.

"Sometimes when we get into the game our mindset gets all jumbled up," Lanning said. "In the second half, we just took our time and slowed down. I liked the ball movement we were doing, the passing and looking for the open people."

Coach George Ibarra was a more cohesive team in the second half than in the first.

"When they're playing better, they're playing as a team," he said. "When they start to fall apart, they start looking at each other, but we have really been concentrating on making sure we stay together as a team and be positive. We don't give up. You do get frustrated. That's human nature, but we have to reel that back in. They don’t give up."

Lanning led the team with 10 points. Shelbee Weiss added eight.