Solid defense, patient offense earn Sailors girls basketball 1st win |

Solid defense, patient offense earn Sailors girls basketball 1st win

— Most of the problems the Steamboat Springs High School girls basketball team struggled with in its season opener Monday were shored up Friday as the Sailors blew by Aspen, 44-21, at the Brenda Patch Tournament.

Despite going just 8-for-25 on gimme layups, the Sailors jumped out to a 8-0 first-quarter lead that eventually became a 23-8 halftime advantage. From there, Steamboat coach Mack Spitellie got his bench reserves some floor action in the 23-point win, the team’s first of the young season.

“We played phenomenally on the defensive end tonight,” Spitellie said. “We played hard and forced them into some bad decisions. That was awesome. And we were a little more patient on offense tonight, something we wanted to work on.”

Junior Annie Osbourn led the way in scoring, pouring in a team-high nine points. Sophomore Kady Look had eight more points for the Sailors, and junior Jenna Miller pitched in seven.

Steamboat will finish the tournament against tournament host Roaring Fork on Saturday. Tipoff is at 5 p.m.

“Roaring Fork is solid,” Spitellie said. “We have to play better than we did today.”

To reach Ben Ingersoll, call 970-871-4204, email or follow him on Twitter @BenMIngersoll.

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