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Steamboat boys hoops win final home game, girls remain winless

Devon Meeks For Steamboat Today

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Steamboat Springs High School boys and girls basketball played the Summit High School boys and girls teams in their final home games. The Sailor boys came out on top 57-51, and the Sailor girls fell 41-23.

The girls started out hot as senior Karly Lanning connected from a deep three to start the first quarter off. Unfortunately, Steamboat wouldn’t muster much more offense and finished the first quarter with only 5 points. Shooting struggles continued to plague throughout the first half, with Lanning connecting on another three, the Sailors finished the half with only 10 points on four made field goals.

Although Steamboat girls played solid defense overall, they could not grab any rebounds, especially in the third quarter. Steamboat only managed one field goal and Summit kept the ball for the vast majority of the quarter.

The Sailors got its offense in motion in the fourth quarter and scored 12 of 23 total points in the final period. Karly Lanning, who scored 9 points, led the team in scoring.

Steamboat boys welcomed back Quinn Connell and Tyler Doyne to the lineup, while Mac Riniker remained sidelined in the final home game of the season.

Senior Jake Berry got the night started with a quick 3 and Steamboat never trailed for the remainder of the game. Steamboat shot the 3-point ball well, connecting on a total of 11 throughout the game. This included finishing the first quarter with the final three Steamboat possessions all being 3-point makes.

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The Sailors lost their shooting touch during the second quarter, and only managed to score 8 points. This allowed Summit to get back in the game at the end of the first half, with the Sailors up 29-27.

Solid defense and good 3-point shooting stifled any comeback Summit High School attempted. Junior Aden Knaus was able to dominate the low post defensively and made three key blocks throughout the second half that not only prevented Summit from scoring, but also led to points on the offensive end.

Sophomore Connor Hansen also played a huge role in the victory, connecting 5 3-pointers throughout the game. Hansen would hit back to back 3-pointers near the end of the first quarter to keep the Steamboat lead, and he made back-to-back 3-pointers in the fourth quarter to put the game out of reach for the Summit boys team.

Knaus finished the game as the team’s leading scorer with 16 points, while Hansen chipped in 15.