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Streaky Sailors can’t hang at home

Steamboat junior Raya Duryea tries to get past an Eagle Valley defender Saturday at a game in Steamboat Springs. The Sailors lost at home, 45-31.
Joel Reichenberger

— The pieces can come together, Steamboat Springs High School coach Mack Spitellie said Saturday afternoon.

They just haven’t yet.

That much was hard to argue after a listless performance at home against Eagle Valley, a 45-31 loss to close out the 2015 portion of the Sailors’ schedule.



Steamboat hung tight early and managed a late run to briefly make things interesting, but it could do little to slow the Devils’ more steady pace. The result was the team’s second loss of the weekend, following a 47-20 defeat Friday night at Rifle.

“Defensively, they were great (Friday night) night, and we couldn’t score at all. Today, we couldn’t score around the basket at all, but we at least did better scoring,” Spitellie said. “So, we have to put it all together now.”



One of the big pieces that could fall into place is senior Annie Osbourn, still getting back to full speed following a knee injury sustained last season. Saturday’s game marked her most extensive minutes of the season.

Steamboat led early in the second quarter, 13-10, but managed just four more points over the next roughly 12 minutes of basketball, into that third quarter. The Sailors did rattle off an 8-0 streak late in the third and into the fourth, but by the time that started, the team trailed 37-21.

Raya Duryea scored, then Katie Saunders and Ellie Crouch both hit 3-point shots. That run proved the exception, however, and Eagle Valley closed the game with an 8-2 run of its own.

“They lose their composure,” Spitellie said, considering the slides that sank his team. “That’s what we have to keep, we have to keep our composure through the whole game, and we’ll be good.”

Crouch finished with nine to lead the team while Jenna Miller had eight. Eagle Valley was led by Kylie Martin’s 15 points.

Steamboat will try to turn its season around after a two-week break.

It will have a big task ahead as soon as it is back, opening with three games in the first full week of January. The squad plays Jan. 5 at Grand Junction Central, Jan. 8 at Palisade and Jan. 9 at Delta.

To reach Joel Reichenberger, call 970-871-4253, email jreichenberger@SteamboatToday.com or follow him on Twitter @JReich9


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