Steamboat triple trouble for Huskies
EAGLE-VAIL, Colorado ” Friday night, Steamboat Springs’ Aaron Calkins had 7 3-pointers in his team’s win against Eagle Valley. Saturday, he had just four from downtown in the Sailors’ easy 77-49 win at Battle Mountain.
Was the senior slacking?
“No,” Steamboat coach Kelly Meek said with a laugh. “We just distributed pretty well. We have a lot of guys who can stroke the 3 from out there. You’ve got to guard our ball-screen drive game. It’s kind of hard. Then, we have some high-low-stuff that we do. It’s picking your medicine. If we’re stroking it outside, you’ve got problems.”
Steamboat gave the Huskies all sorts of problems draining nine 3s in the first half alone, building a 42-15 lead at intermission on its way to a 7-0 first half mark in the 4A Slope.
“I don’t know what they were shooting from 3s,” Huskies coach Philip Tronsrue said. “It seemed like 80 or 90 percent in the first half, what the heck? I would hate to see how well they shoot in their gym.”
The Sailors seemed to feed on each other when it came to shooting form beyond the arc. Calkins popped three treys in the first quarter alone as Steamboat led, 17-5, after eight minutes.
In the second quarter, the Sailors’ trifectas seemed to rain on Battle Mountain. On five straight possessions, Steamboat came down the court and hit from downtown, effectively ending the competitive phase of the game.
Colby Kostur, who lead the Sailors with 16 points, knocked down the first two followed by two from Calkins and another from Michael Vandahl.
“We’ve played with each other for quite a while, so we know how we play,” Kostur said. “We know what to do. If the open shot is there, we take it.”
After what Meek described as a “lethargic” defensive performance against Eagle Valley Friday, the Sailors turned in a stout outing in their own end Saturday against the Huskies.
“We were a totally different team than we were last night, not to take anything away from Eagle Valley,” said Meek, whose team is 13-2 overall. “It was just that energy level on defense. Last night, we didn’t allow our defense to fuel our offense.”
Ashlin Romero led Battle Mountain with 17 points.
Steamboat begins the second half of the Slope season Friday night against Rifle at home. While going undefeated the first time through the conference is a nice thing to have in their collective pocket, the Sailors know it will be more difficult the second time.
“We know every team that we go against, they’re going to be playing their best game against us, and we look forward to that,” Kostur said. “We’ve got to come out, play our game ad don’t let any one get in our way.”
For Battle Mountain (3-12, 1-6), the second half presents a challenge. The Huskies are in the win column as opposed to last year’s winless campaign, but there’s definitely room for improvement.
“We were in a lot of ball games,” Tronsrue said. “Now we’re talking about that we should be able to compete and pull some wins out. Again though, we talk about 32 minutes, 32, minutes, 32 minutes, and not having the lapses. We’re going to work hard keeping our focus and our intensity up for longer durations.”
Battle Mountain starts the second half at home against Palisade Friday.
Lady Sailors win second straight
Break up Steamboat. The Sailors girls basketball team is on a roll.
Steamboat snapped a nine-game losing streak Friday night against Eagle Valley and made it two in a row Saturday by knocking off Battle Mountain, 41-23, Saturday in Eagle-Vail.
“This feels good,” Sailors coach John Ameen said. “When you win, you don’t always necessarily play well, but tonight we played well for a full game. We did the things we needed to do to win.”
Steamboat rolled out to a 22-12 halftime lead and kept rolling behind 16 points from Darcy Hornstein. The Sailors were able to break Battle Mountain’s press and smother the Huskies on the other end of the court.
“It was that end first,” Ameen said. “You can’t control if your shots go, but you can always control (the defensive) end.”
Meanwhile Battle Mountain (3-12, 1-6) is looking for answers on the offensive end after a weekend when the Huskies scored only 44 points in two games.
“Obviously we’re pretty consistent in scoring 20 points per game,” Huskies coach Andrew Schmid somewhat joked. “I think it’s just because we get down, then we’re looking for answers. We feel like we need to do something right away. You can’t score 20 points on one possession.”
Steamboat (3-12, 2-5) hosts Rifle Friday.
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