Sailors girls hoops gets momentum boost with win at Battle Mountain |

Sailors girls hoops gets momentum boost with win at Battle Mountain

Ben Ingersoll

— Steamboat Springs High School girls basketball is almost certain of its playoff fate, but Thursday night's 43-35 win at Battle Mountain is part of the late-season boost the Sailors were looking for.

Steamboat likely will be the eighth seed in next weekend's district tournament, no matter what happens in its final game Saturday against Eagle Valley.

But at halftime in Thursday's win, things looked to be going completely against the Sailors.

Steamboat jumped out to a 9-4 lead after the first quarter, but a flurry of bank-shot 3s by the Huskies left the Sailors in a 21-17 halftime hole and coach Mack Spitellie scratching his head.

"The only thing is their girls were chucking up 3s that were banking in there in the second quarter," Spitellie said. "We weren't playing really good defense. They got space. They hit four 3s in the second quarter, and I know three of them banked off glass."

After what Spitellie dubbed a halftime "wake-up call," Steamboat answered in a big way, pouring in 19 third-quarter points to Battle Mountain's nine en route to the eight-point win.

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The Sailors were led by senior Mikaila Jegtvig's 18 points and Ashley Spitellie's 11. Amaris Duryea and Maggie Crouch each pitched in five points.

Steamboat plays its final game of the regular season at home Saturday at 2 p.m. against Eagle Valley, which sits in the fifth seed heading into the district tournament next weekend.

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