Steamboat girls basketball fall to rival Moffat County |

Steamboat girls basketball fall to rival Moffat County

— The Steamboat girls basketball team had opportunities to ruin Moffat’s party.

But in the end, the Bulldogs got timely baskets and dominated the offensive glass and the Sailors couldn’t quite close the gap, falling, 59-50.

The win secured at least a share of the Western Slope League title for Moffat County.

“We came within striking distance and played great offensively,” Steamboat coach John Ameen said. “The key to this game was how many second-chance opportunities they had. We played great defensively and forced them into a lot of turnovers and bad shots. Then we don’t clean up. That is the key.”

Steamboat was close throughout, before Moffat started extending its lead in the third quarter. The Bulldogs used an 8-0 run towards the end of the third quarter to go up, 43-29. But Steamboat, as the team has done all year, showed resilience.

The Sailors continued to cut into the lead and got it to within 55-50 on a Tara Spitellie 3-pointer with 1:11 left in the game.

But Moffat made two free throws — and 17 of 25 in the game — to seal the win.

Spitellie led the Sailors with 18 points. Hannah Moore had 13 and Katie Lettunich had 10.

The loss ends the high school careers of Moore, Lettunich and Spitellie.

“There was a lot that started with this group,” Ameen said. “They put their heart and souls into it. We didn’t have a lot of experience this year but they tried their (darndest). I’m more proud of this group than any other group.”

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