Steamboat girls fall again but coach eyes positive signs
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — The Steamboat Springs High School girls basketball team was better Friday, coach George Ibarra said. The team’s opening game in the Steamboat Shoot-Out was a head-hanging step back, but Friday, he said, he saw a lot more of what he’s looking to get out of his team this season, despite what was a 55-19 loss to Montrose in the second round of the team’s home tournament.
“We got away from the whole game yesterday, and you could see it. Our heads were down. It felt like we just gave up,” Ibarra said. “The attitude was good today. The bench was talking. The energy was there.”
Steamboat started out slow, but things started to come together in the second quarter. There, the Sailors scored 11 points, more they scored in all of Thursday’s game, a 55-9 loss against Prairie View.
Karly Lanning, a senior, sank two 3-point shots and led the Sailors with eight points. Sophomore Shelbee Weiss had four points.
Josie Eccher scored 12 to lead Montrose.
“Look out at the court and there are four sophomores and one senior, and when I do substitute, we go to freshman,” Ibarra said. “We’re young, young, young. In reality, we have a JV team here, and we’re competing at the varsity level. Give us a couple of years and these girls will have more experience and it will be a different game.”
Steamboat, 0-5 will wrap up its stay in the Shoot-Out at 9 a.m. Saturday against Northridge, which lost to Soroco on Friday, 59-48.
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