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Top 3 performances of the weekend in Routt County high school sports

Ben Ingersoll

Glenwood Springs High School boys basketball coach Cory Hitchcock and his bench celebrate a late victory against Steamboat Springs on Saturday in the Sailors' gym.

1. Soroco basketball program bounces back

The boys and girls Rams basketball teams won on the same evening for the first time since taking on rival Hayden at home Jan. 9. Although it was against a pair of reeling De Beque squads, Soroco handled its business at home. The girls cruised to a 73-15 win led by 49 combined points from their Big 3 in DaKota Bruner, Jessica Rossi and Briana Peterson. The boys blasted De Beque by 49 points. Eric Logan and Chance Beaty combined for 32 points.

2. Steamboat-Glenwood boys put on a show

The two teams knew it would be a dog fight, but for the sixth straight time in the regular season the Demons got the best of the Sailors. Steamboat looked promising down the stretch, aided by a late push from senior Austin Kerbs, but 4A Western Slope League leading scorer Cameron Horning gave his team a 40-37 advantage that would never be relinquished. The Sailors will have to wait until the regular-season finale to get revenge. The two teams play Feb. 14 in Glenwood.

3. Steamboat girls basketball falls big but shows fight

Call it sloppy play or an uncharacteristic night for the Glenwood Springs girls, but the Sailors could at least hang their hats on some inspired defense if not on the final score, 51-19. Glenwood coughed up 23 turnovers in the win, many forced by hustle plays from the likes of Maddison Clock, Jenna Miller and Savannah Bauknecht. Steamboat fell to 3-8 on the season, but travels to Battle Mountain this week to take on a Huskies team that is struggling just as much.

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Quote of the week

Glenwood Springs High School boys basketball coach Cory Hitchcock on his pregame locker room environment before knocking off Steamboat Springs in a battle of first-place 4A Western Slope League squads:

“I told my boys in the pregame this is going to be like the Manny Pacquiao-Floyd Mayweather fight,” Hitchcock said. “You’ll take punches. Who’s going to get off the canvas?”

By the numbers

56 — The number of combined turnovers the Glenwood Springs and Steamboat Springs girls basketball teams committed Saturday. The Demons were the clear favorite and look poised to make a deep Class 4A state playoffs push, but Glenwood had trouble keeping its hands on the ball, giving up 23 turnovers to the Sailors. Steamboat didn’t do any better, handing the Demons the ball 33 times. Such things happen, Glenwood coach Jacky Gaddis explained, but for the Sailors it was a sign of progress from a week ago.

13 — Fouls committed in the second half of the Hayden High School girls basketball team’s narrow loss to visiting North Park on Saturday. Putting North Park on the line that many times proved to be the difference in the Tigers’ six-point loss, their fourth straight.

12 — Missed free throws by the Steamboat Springs High School boys basketball team in the Sailors’ wild loss to Glenwood Springs on Saturday. Steamboat made just half of its charity-stripe attempts, one of the deciding factors down the stretch. On the counter, the Demons made the vast majority of their attempts, and Steamboat ultimately lost by seven points.

25 — Points scored by Soroco High School sophomore DaKota Bruner on Saturday versus De Beque, a new career high for the point guard. It was her first 20-plus-point game of the season and the third since the beginning of last season.

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By the numbers

56 — The number of combined turnovers the Glenwood Springs and Steamboat Springs girls basketball teams committed Saturday. The Demons were the clear favorite and look poised to make a deep Class 4A state playoffs push, but Glenwood had trouble keeping its hands on the ball, giving up 23 turnovers to the Sailors. Steamboat didn’t do any better, handing the Demons the ball 33 times. Such things happen, Glenwood coach Jacky Gaddis explained, but for the Sailors it was a sign of progress from a week ago.

13 — Fouls committed in the second half of the Hayden High School girls basketball team’s narrow loss to visiting North Park on Saturday. Putting North Park on the line that many times proved to be the difference in the Tigers’ six-point loss, their fourth straight.

12 — Missed free throws by the Steamboat Springs High School boys basketball team in the Sailors’ wild loss to Glenwood Springs on Saturday. Steamboat made just half of its charity-stripe attempts, one of the deciding factors down the stretch. On the counter, the Demons made the vast majority of their attempts, and Steamboat ultimately lost by seven points.

25 — Points scored by Soroco High School sophomore DaKota Bruner on Saturday versus De Beque, a new career high for the point guard. It was her first 20-plus-point game of the season and the third since the beginning of last season.

Weekend scores

Wednesday

HOCKEY: Aspen 3, Steamboat Springs 1

Saturday

BOYS BASKETBALL: Glenwood Springs 45, Steamboat Springs 38

BOYS BASKETBALL: Soroco 79, De Beque 30

BOYS BASKETBALL: North Park 49, Hayden 36

GIRLS BASKETBALL: Glenwood Springs 51, Steamboat Springs 19

GIRLS BASKETBALL: Soroco 73, De Beque 15

GIRLS BASKETBALL: North Park 36, Hayden 30