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Steamboat boys, Glenwood girls pick up hoops wins

Luke GrahamSteamboat Pilot & TodayGlenwood Springs, Colorado CO

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colorado – In a 4A Western Slope League primed for parity, the Steamboat Springs High School boys basketball team made the first emphatic statement.Steamboat ran out to a huge early lead and put together its most complete game of the year, beating defending league champion Glenwood Springs, 61-43, on Friday.The Sailors (5-6 overall, 1-0 in the league) burst out to a 21-2 lead with 2 minutes, 30 seconds left in the first quarter to all but seal the game.Steamboat led 25-9 after one quarter and 41-16 at halftime.”It wasn’t just one of those things that happens,” Steamboat coach Luke DeWolfe said. “We had everybody here over the course of the break. We had all of our guys here. We worked on the things we needed to work on.”That was evident from the first tip. The Sailors cut down on their turnovers and got contributions from all over the floor. All five Steamboat starters scored at least eight points, and the young guard duo of Justin Ditter and Carter Kounovsky combined to finish with 21 points.The Demons (5-4, 0-1) started to make it respectable in the second half with a full court press. Glenwood cut it to 49-30 toward the end of the third quarter on back-to-back-to-back 3-pointers from Collin Porterfield.But that was as close as the Demons would get.”You can’t say you’re a champ when you come out and perform like we did tonight,” Glenwood coach Cory Hitchcock said. “There is a lot of good teams out there. I think our league is as tough as it’s been in a long time.”Jake Miller led Steamboat with 14 points. Ditter added 12 and Kit Croop had 11. Porterfield led the Demons with 14 points.Glenwood continues action at 2 p.m. today at home against Moffat County. Steamboat next plays Friday at 7:30 p.m. against Battle Mountain.

The script the Glenwood Springs girls basketball team has written the last couple years just doesn’t seem to change.The Demons used superior athleticism and an active defense to easily beat Steamboat, 62-28, on Friday.Glenwood (10-0 overall, 1-0 in league) created 32 turnovers and had three players score in double figures on its way to establishing itself as the team to beat in the Western Slope League.”It’s pretty early but these kids are unbelievable,” Glenwood coach Bryan Derby said. “I think these girls could make a long run if we stay healthy. I believe this team can go a long ways. We’re not huge scorers, but they know how to fight and win.”The Demons jumped out to a 16-8 lead after one quarter and used a big run in the second quarter to extend its lead to 36-17 at half.The Sailors didn’t do themselves any favors, however. Steamboat had 18 first-half turnovers and never found any semblance of rhythm at either end of the floor. The Sailors scored consecutive baskets just once all night.”It’s fine to make mistakes. It’s fine to do something wrong one time or two times,” Steamboat coach John Ameen said. “But as a unit or individual when you do it four, five, six times in a row – as a player you have to stop that from happening. We didn’t have anyone do that. We didn’t have anyone step up and stop the bleeding.”Glenwood’s Cassidy Gaddis led all scorers with 18 points. Delaney Gaddis added 14 and Connor Adams had 13.Eryn Rinck led Steamboat with 11 points off the bench.Glenwood plays at 12:30 p.m. today at home vs. Moffat County, while Steamboat plays at 5:30 p.m. at Mead.lgraham@SteamboatToday.com


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