Late preps: Huskies fall at Steamboat |

Late preps: Huskies fall at Steamboat

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS – Statistics are easily manipulated.

This one, however, is not.

The Steamboat Springs High School boys basketball team held Battle Mountain to one field goal from the field and three points in the first half, en route to a 53-20 win Friday.

“In order for us to be successful we have to play defense like that,” Steamboat coach Luke DeWolfe said. “We’re never going to be an offensive juggernaut. We have to establish ourselves defensively.”

That started right from the first quarter Friday night. Employing a matchup zone defense, Steamboat simply stifled Battle Mountain.

Led by Kit Croop up at the top of the zone – the senior had seven steals and deflected countless others – the Sailors forced eight early Huskies turnovers in running out to a 15-1 first quarter lead.

“It was totally them,” Huskies coach Tommy Padilla said. “Their defensive pressure is awesome. They’re aggressive and smart and it’s a defensive team. The turned their defense into offense. We couldn’t do anything.”

Steamboat continued to pour it on in the second quarter, at one point taking a 29-1 lead, before extending it to 31-3 at the half. The Huskies had much better success to begin the third quarter, extending the Sailors defense, but the early struggles were too much.

“It’s learning to execute,” Padilla said.”We’re starting but we’re not there yet.”

Steamboat had eight players score, led by senior Jake Miller’s game-high 19 points. Justin Ditter had eight points and Carter Kounovsky had seven.

Jerry Carrasco led the Huskies with six points.

Battle Mountain (5-7) resumes play at 3:30 p.m. today at home against Moffat County. Steamboat (6-6) plays at 3:30 p.m. today at Eagle Valley.

Steamboat girls roll

After a tough weekend last week, the Steamboat Springs High School girls basketball team used a big first half to easily beat Battle Mountain, 50-27, on Friday night.

The Sailors, who struggled mightily last week on offense, used their defense on Friday to come away with easy baskets.

Steamboat (7-6) forced 38 Battle Mountain turnovers, including a whopping 14 in the first quarter on its way to a 15-2 lead after the first eight minutes.

“That’s the thing. It was a win and we played well for the most part,” Sailors coach John Ameen said. “That’s what we want. Not just the winning part we want the improvement.”

The Huskies (2-9) cut it to 12 points at 29-17 in the third quarter, before the Sailors ended the quarter on a 9-4 run to take a 38-21 lead into the fourth quarter.

Sydney Bauknecht and Nikki Fry led the Sailors with 11 points apiece, while Alex Feeley chipped in 10.

Battle Mountain’s Marianna Garcia had eight and Shauna Roberts had six.

Battle Mountain next plays at 2 p.m. today at home against Moffat County.

Steamboat plays at 2 p.m. today at Eagle Valley.

– To reach Luke Graham, call 970-871-4229 or email

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