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Steamboat girls basketball defeats Summit to win second straight

Summit freshman Autumn Rivera dribbles under pressure from Steamboat Springs senior Jaycee May during a game at Steamboat Springs High School on Friday, Jan. 31.
Shelby Reardon

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Neither the Summit nor Steamboat Springs high school girls basketball teams were budging an inch.

Consecutive offensive fouls in the late minutes by the Tigers gave the Sailors the lead for good as Steamboat won 43-37 at home on Friday, Jan. 31.

“Great win,” Steamboat head coach George Ibarra summarized. “The girls are really starting to come together. They’re really playing as a team. We keep telling each other we’re a family. We’re gonna win together, we’re gonna lose together.”

Through three quarters, Steamboat led 27-26 after a 3-pointer from senior Shelbee Weiss gave the Sailors a slight advantage.

To start the fourth, a made free throw from senior Siera Harrison and a score from sophomore Sam Campbell stretched the lead to 30-26, Steamboat’s largest of the night. Weiss led the Sailors with 12 points, while Campbell followed with 11.

Ibarra said it was senior Jaycee May that stuck out to him, though.

“She has really stepped up her game,” Ibarra said. “She’s driving more. She’s taking more shots. They’re not going in, but I don’t care. The important thing is she’s shooting.”

Summit Senior Nicole Kimball fought to put her team in front again, using a pair of foul shots and a jumper to regain a 31-30 lead.

Fouls on the floor in consecutive Tigers possessions gave Steamboat the ball in a critical part of the game. Summit committed a few more mistakes throughout the waning seconds to relinquish the ball at key moments.

Steamboat Springs junior Rose Epstein hits a jump shot during a game against Summit at Steamboat Springs High School on Friday, Jan. 31.
Shelby Reardon

Back-to-back baskets from Campbell pulled the Sailors ahead 34-31, and Summit was never able to tie it again. Kimball fouling out with a minute and a half left to play only made Summit’s task more challenging. Free throws accounted for 15 points between both teams in the final frame, including a pair from Campbell that made it a two-possession game at 38-33.

“I have been in a bit of a free throw slump the last two or three weeks which has been really rough on my game because my hands are way higher than a lot of other people,” Campbell said.

The Sailors dug an 8-0 hole to start the game, prompting Ibarra to call a timeout. The team then went on an 8-1 run to trail 9-8 after the first quarter.

A steal and breakaway basket from junior Erica Simmons gave the Sailors their first lead at 10-9. Campbell scored off an assist from senior Katie Lake to tie it at 12.

Steamboat has seen a few close games this season, but only the last two have gone their way. Campbell thinks that’s because they’ve bonded more as a team.

“We’re working a lot on team culture and building connection within the program,” she said. “Right now, we have a really small group of girls, so it’s vital we connect with each other.”

Steamboat Springs 43, Summit 37
S 9 9 8 11 – 37
SS 8 10 9 16 – 43
Scoring: S, Nicole Kimball 14, Autumn Rivera 7, Karen Barries 6, Brina Babich 4, Anna Tomlinson 3, Paola Arredondo 2. SS, Shelbee Weiss 12, Sam Cambell 11, Jaycee May 7, Erica Simmons 5, Rose Epstein 4, Katie Lake 3, Siera Harrison 1. Fouls: S, 23. SS, 17. FTs: S, 15-22. SS, 13-25.

To reach Shelby Reardon, call 970-871-4253, email sreardon@SteamboatPilot.com or follow her on Twitter @ByShelbyReardon.


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