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Steamboat girls basketball looks to build on win streak

Luke Graham

Steamboat Springs — Finally, a winning streak. — Finally, a winning streak.

— Finally, a winning streak.

After two years of extended losing streaks with wins mixed in one at a time, the Steamboat Springs High School girls basketball team put together back-to-back wins against Eagle Valley and Battle Mountain last weekend.

Making the streak stand certainly won’t come easy.

Starting at 6 p.m. today against Rifle and then continuing at 4 p.m. Saturday in Glenwood Springs, Steamboat plays two of the top three teams in the Western Slope League.

Glenwood (13-2 overall, 7-0 in league play) sits atop the league, while Rifle (7-7, 5-2) is in third place, one game behind Moffat County.

“It is coming to a point that they still got to keep on that stretch,” Steamboat coach John Ameen said. “It’s not being satisfied by (the wins). We know what happens when we do execute.”

While the Sailors (3-12, 2-5) weren’t as sharp offensively in their two wins as Ameen would have liked, their defensive play more than made up for it. Steamboat limited Eagle Valley and Battle Mountain to a combined 66 points.

“Last week, we really locked it down defensively,” Ameen said. “We played well with our feet and rebounded well. Offensively, it was better, but we didn’t shoot the ball well. But we had quality possessions. That’s all you can ask for.”

Although Steamboat lost to Rifle and Glenwood by a combined score of 125-61 the first time the teams played this season, Ameen said seeing the two teams a second time should benefit the Sailors. Ameen said the Sailors now have a better grasp of what each team likes to do.

“The second time around, defensively you make more changes to personnel,” Ameen said. “You know better who’s guarding who and what you want to attack.”

Ameen said Steamboat’s game plan remains virtually the same. The Steamboat coach said it’s imperative the Sailors get quality offensive possessions and remain confident on defense.

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