Steamboat girls basketball shows improvements despite final loss |

Steamboat girls basketball shows improvements despite final loss

Steamboat Springs High School sophomore Erica Simmons powers through Summit senior Emma Howard to get to the basket Saturday, Feb. 16, at a home game. (Photo by Leah Vann)

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Junior Katie Lake stole the ball back court, then drove into the paint for a basket to put Steamboat Springs High School within six in the fourth quarter with three minutes and 30 seconds left.

Steamboat girls basketball
Nov. 30-Dec. 1: at Roaring Fork L 48-25 Dec. 6: at Coal Ridge, L 49-19 Dec. 6: vs. Frederick, L 68-25 Dec. 7: vs. Northridge, L 53-16 Dec. 8: vs. Conifer, W 52-37 Dec. 11: at Moffat County, L 54-21 Dec. 14: vs. Fort Lupton, W 31-19 Dec. 15: vs. Mitchell, L 39-31 Jan. 3: at Roosevelt, L 57-17 Jan. 4: at Niwot, L 29-27 Jan. 11: at Palisade, L 38-30 Jan. 12: at Rifle, L 46-40 Jan. 19: vs. Glenwood Springs, L 47-19 Jan. 22: vs. Eagle Valley, W 44-23 Jan. 25: at Summit, W 46-35 Jan. 31: vs. Rifle, W 35-25 Feb. 2: vs. Palisade, L 41-30 Feb. 5: at Battle Mountain, L 47-36 Feb. 9: at Glenwood Springs, L 46-29 Feb. 14: at Eagle Valley, L 47-26 Feb. 16: vs. Summit, 32-29

Sophomore Mollie Brown made a similar attempt, and missed the basket. Senior Lucy Shimek rebounded and missed, and so did freshman Samantha Campbell.

At 1:26 left, Lake made another move, launching a shot straight-on from just inside the paint. The ball bounced on the rim, then found its way in. She made one more charge later, then added a free throw to put the Sailors at a three-point deficit, 32-29.

Unfortunately for the Sailors, their remaining baskets fell short against the Summit High School Tigers, and they would lose their final game 34-29.

The Sailors (5-18, 3-9) were evenly matched against the Tigers (8-15, 4-8), but missed layups and turnovers cost them the game.

Lake had 11 points in the contest, Shimek had 7 and junior Jaycee May and sophomore Erica Simmons had four points.

Summit junior Anna Tomlinson racked up 15 points against the Sailors.

As the season has progressed, the Sailors showed promise for next year’s squad. The Sailors won their first game in two years, capping it off with five total wins on the season.

The Sailors lose seniors Lucy Shimek and Julie Simoes and will return five of their juniors next year, including starters Katie Lake, Jaycee May and Shelbee Weiss, which will be an advantage going into next season.

It’s all about the reps for the Sailors. From their first win back in December, the girls have taken more touches and shots to increase their accuracy and knowledge of play.

“That’s from top to bottom, varsity down to freshman, everyone has improved so much,” Sailors head coach George Ibarra said. “The biggest thing we already started working on, set up other teams from the area coming out, coming to our gym, playing. Every team around this area, the girls teams don’t really play basketball year-round. The boys are here year-round practicing, when we open the gym we have two to three kids show up. This was the first summer that we could run as a team, and that’s shown.”

Beyond the wins and losses, the Sailors showed improved chemistry on the court.

“The growth is amazing, the team, the family that they became, the trust in each other,” Ibarra said. “That’s what made me proud this season.”

To reach Leah Vann, call 970-871-4253, email or follow her on Twitter @LVann_Sports.

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