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Sailors eye solutions after 0-3 tourney

Steamboat's Samantha Kennedy tries to drive the ball up the court Saturday against Pueblo Centennial in the Steamboat Shoot-Out. The Sailors went on to lose the game, 63-21.
Joel Reichenberger

Steamboat Shoot-Out Day 3 results

Girls

7th-place — Pueblo Centennial 63, Steamboat 21

5th place — Northridge 48, Prairie View 33

3rd place — Moffat County 39, Discovery Canyon 32

1st place — Montrose 41, Eagle Valley 38

Boys

7th place — Montrose 68, Moffat County 36

5th place — Roosevelt 72, Pueblo Centennial 62

3rd place — Steamboat 57, Eagle Valley 45

1st place — Northridge 54, Colorado Academy 50

— There are big-picture problems that plague the Steamboat Springs High School girls basketball team, and there are smaller problems, as well.

Steamboat Shoot-Out Day 3 results

Girls

7th-place — Pueblo Centennial 63, Steamboat 21

5th place — Northridge 48, Prairie View 33

3rd place — Moffat County 39, Discovery Canyon 32

1st place — Montrose 41, Eagle Valley 38

Boys

7th place — Montrose 68, Moffat County 36

5th place — Roosevelt 72, Pueblo Centennial 62

3rd place — Steamboat 57, Eagle Valley 45

1st place — Northridge 54, Colorado Academy 50

Coach George Ibarra said Saturday he’s well aware those larger issues won’t be solved anytime soon. For instance, a 6-foot-2 center isn’t walking through the door at the next practice, no matter what he does, nor will a lineup of experienced varsity players who’ve already logged years playing together.

These Sailors can be better, however, and that’s what he took from the Steamboat Shoot-Out preaching.

Steamboat lost Saturday in its final game of the tournament, falling 63-21 against Pueblo Centennial. The team went 0-3 in the tournament and finished eighth out of eight teams.

“We’re not going to turn the team around in a month or two,” Ibarra said. “It’s a work in progress.”

Coaches pointed to rebounding and turnovers as areas primed for quick improvement. Steamboat averaged more than 25 turnovers per game through the weekend. It managed to improve on those stats dramatically throughout each game, but early mistakes too often dug the hole too deep.

That was certainly the case Saturday, when Pueblo Centennial led 38-7 at halftime.

Raya Duryea again led Steamboat in scoring, as she had all weekend. She had seven.

“Right now, we have one person, and the rest are sitting back and watching that person,” Ibarra said. “They’re watching the games, not going out and setting those screens or getting open.”

Steamboat is 0-5 after the loss and next plays Friday at Moffat County.

“Our focus is to have a strong showing in conference and league play,” Ibarra said. “We want to learn off these tournaments and use these games as a building block. It’s all about building now.”

To reach Joel Reichenberger, call 970-871-4253, email jreichenberger@SteamboatToday.com or follow him on Twitter @JReich9


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