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Zapata hurt; Sailors win

Luke Graham
Vail, CO Colorado

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS – Eagle Valley girls coach Jamie Mayne ran into her worst fears before Saturday’s game at Steamboat even began.

While warming up during halftime of the freshmen game, Devils senior point guard Brenda Zapata dislocated her kneecap, leaving Eagle Valley without its floor general.

The end result was a sloppy game, where Eagle Valley couldn’t get anything going on a tough Steamboat defense, falling 48-30.

“It hurts us,” Mayne said. “She’s our calmness. She sets our offense up. She executes and is our fire on defense. We struggled to get into offense.”

Steamboat (7-3, 2-0) held Eagle Valley to 22 percent shooting from the field and forced 32 turnovers.

Colleen King paced the Sailors with 16 points and 10 rebounds. Hannah Moore kicked in 14 points, including eight in the fourth quarter. Jazmine Zapata led Eagle Valley (7-3, 0-2) with 14 points and six steals.

Boys fall to Steamboat

If there is one thing the Steamboat Springs boys basketball team has found out through the first two games of Slope League play, it’s that there is finally a little parity.

A night after squeaking by Battle Mountain, Steamboat – usually the class of the league – put in a workman-like effort on Saturday against a pesky Eagle Valley, walking away with a 44-31 win.

In a game where neither team could get it going offensively – the Sailors shot 34 percent from the field and the Devils shot 28 percent – it proved to be Steamboat’s aggressiveness that was the difference.

Steamboat, especially in the first half, got to the free-throw line with regularity. The Sailors (5-5, 2-0) went 12-for-17 from the free-throw line in the first half and 16-of-23 in the game. The Devils, however, went just 5-of-7 from the line.

“Very displeased,” Eagle Valley coach Pat Gabriel said. “We put them on the foul line way too much. Fouls usually occur because of bad positioning, and bad positioning usually occurs because you’re not doing the right thing on defense. We’ve got a lot of work ahead of us.”

Eagle Valley (3-8, 0-2) and junior Nate Barker kept the Devils around. Barker scored eight of his team-high 14 points in the first half. Eagle Valley also held Steamboat without a field goal in the second quarter and only trailed 22-17 at the break. Bryce Zehring chipped in seven points.

Both Eagle Valley squads are Glenwood Springs on Tuesday.

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