Sailors sweep Huskies
Vail, CO Colorado
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colorado ” Even when the offense still sputtering the Steamboat Springs High School boys basketball team knows it can always rely on its defense.
The Sailors overcame a poor first quarter on Friday night to easily cruise past the Huskies, 46-23. Steamboat limited Battle Mountain to 14 percent shooting (8-for=55) and created 19 turnovers in the win.
“Defensively we did a good job,” Steamboat coach Luke DeWolfe said. “We did a good job with a lot of the things we talked about in practice.”
Early on, however, it looked like the Western Slope League opener would be a shootout. Despite four straight turnovers, the Sailors (4-5 overall, 1-0 in league play) jumped out to an 8-0 lead only to see that margin cut to 8-7 at the end of one quarter.
But with nerves out of the way, Steamboat got back to playing better. The Sailors limited the Huskies to a single point in the second quarter and held them for more than 15 minutes through the second and third quarters without a field goal.
By the time Battle Mountain’s Parker Lathrop scored with 2:20 remaining in the third quarter, Steamboat had pushed its lead to 30-10.
Nelson Brassell led the Sailors with 13 points and nine rebounds. Charles Wood chipped in nine points and Jack Spady scored eight.
Lathrop led Battle Mountain with five points while Miguel Copas and Mitch Cooley each scored four.
Battle Mountain continues league play today with Moffat County at 5:30 p.m. in Eagle-Vail
Sailors outlast Lady Huskies
The Steamboat Springs High School girls basketball team opened up Western Slope League play on Friday with a 47-27 win against Battle Mountain.
While it wasn’t as clean or crisp as Sailors coach John Ameen would have liked it, the third-year Steamboat coach was happy to open up league play with a win.
Steamboat used strong first and fourth quarters to win. The Sailors held the Huskies to two points in the first quarter and four in the fourth to run away with the game.
The Sailors jumped out to a 17-4 lead through a quarter and a half, before the Huskies started to respond.
Battle Mountain closed out the final 2:22 of the second quarter on an 8-2 run to close the gap to 19-12 at halftime.
The Huskies continued to hang around in the third quarter, even cutting the lead to 28-21 at one point, before the Sailors got back in a rhythm. Thanks to a 3-pointer by Amanda Willman, and buckets by Colleen King and Lindsey Yost Steamboat pushed its lead to 37-23 heading into the fourth quarter.
“I guess we were just real stagnant in our offense,” Battle Mountain coach Andrew Schmid said. “You don’t win when you score two points in the first quarter and four points in the fourth.”
Colleen King led the Sailors with 13 points and 11 rebounds. Brittany Long chipped in 10 points and Darcy Hornstein added seven. Kenia Olivas led Battle Mountain with 12 points, while junior Adriana Morken had seven.
Battle Mountain hosts Moffat County today at 4 p.m.
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Jeff Shiffrin, with his wife, Eileen, made the Vail area their home decades ago, and together raised Mikaela and Taylor Shiffrin, who was a member of the two-time NCAA Champion University of Denver Ski Team.