Sailors girls team shooting for .500 league finish
Steamboat Springs — Steamboat is looking to extend its one-game winning streak extending it straight into the district tournament.
With only three games left in league play, the Sailors want to push their 3-6 league record to 6-6 and be in middle ground for the eight-team district tournament in two weeks.
The first obstacle in that goal comes Friday when Steamboat faces Delta and follows with Palisade, a team Steamboat lost to 52-44 three weeks ago.
“Six and six in the league that would bode well for us to come into districts on an up climb,” Sailors coach Bruce Alston said.
On Friday, the Sailors will take on the Delta Panthers at 6 p.m. on their home court. In their last matchup, the Sailors walked away with a 53-38 win despite being outrebounded by the Panthers.
Delta’s Jess Buchheim was the main threat on the boards and scored 13 points against the Sailors, mostly on second-chance scoring opportunities.
But the Sailors’ toughest competition this weekend figures to come against the Bulldogs, who stand just above the Sailors in league standings at 5-4.
The biggest obstacles facing the Sailors when they meet the Bulldogs on Saturday at 4:30 p.m. will be size and speed.
Cindy Dann, who stands at 5-foot-11, is one of the Bulldogs’ top rebounders, and 5-foot-10 Kendra Nash is a threat from the outside and inside.
In their last game vs. Palisade, fouls were costly for Steamboat as Tracey Lucas fouled out and Jennifer Weber and Anya Allen also got into foul trouble, Alston said.
But with a more cohesive team, a stronger offensive game plan and a full squad to give his team fresh legs, Alston is expecting a different outcome against Palisade.
“We didn’t play (Palisade) with a lot of energy. We had a lot of turnovers. Not a good night all the way around,” Alston said. “I’m expecting a much better effort when we come into this Saturday.”
Steamboat will be coming into the weekend riding the momentum of a 30-point upset over Glenwood Springs, which had beaten Steamboat twice before this year.
Jessica Flores’ 15 points weighed heavily in the Sailors’ 70-40 win over the Demons Saturday. Alston said this weekend’s games will see more of Flores on the court. Although she had been rotating in for Allen at point guard, Alston said she could be used in the other guard positions.
But, overall, Alston is not expecting to make any major changes from last week’s game plan, he said.
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