Rifle girls sink shots, Sailors in WSL contest
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS Everything the Rifle Lady Bears did right, the Steamboat Springs Sailors did wrong.The Bears played like pros, patiently waiting for open shots, then squaring up to the basket to sink jump shot after jump shot. The offensive onslaught was too much for Steamboat, as Rifle downed the Sailors 51-33 Friday night in a girls Western Slope League basketball contest.Rifle coach Rick Schmitz said he made adjustments to his offense to play against the Sailors.They play such good pressure defense, you cant rush your shots, Schmitz said. In the last few minutes we were doing that, and our shots werent falling.The last few minutes didnt matter though. The Bears took the lead early, leading 30-17 at halftime. Rifles defense should not be overlooked though.It held Steamboat to just six points in the second and fourth quarters. The lack of points was also due to Steamboat missing easy shots.We didnt hit our easy shots, but they really took it to us also, Steamboat guard Bailey Draper said. They were the most physical team weve played all year.Steamboat coach Steve Moos agreed it was a combination of Rifle playing well, an his team not so well.We didnt shoot well, Moos said. We didnt pass well. We didnt do anything really well. We werent playing natural on both ends of the court. We werent ourselves. They played like we usually do.Rifle also capitalized on Steamboats poor rebounding. The Bears scored several points after second-chance offensive rebounds, which often resulted in three-point plays after getting fouled.Steamboat is a very good rebounding team, Schmitz said. We knew we would have to move our feet and go to the board hard.Leaders for Rifle were senior Krista Wagstrom with 18 points and junior Kristin Neffendorf with 13 points.Draper scored nine for the Sailors.Boys Steamboat inside game too much for BearsSTEAMBOAT SPRINGS The Steamboat Springs Sailors boys basketball team overcame an unhealthy affinity for shooting from beyond the arc to knock off the two-time defending Western Slope League champion Rifle Bears 55-46. Five Steamboat players shot a combined seven shots from three-point range in the first half, with only the last one scoring points.We got married to it all right, Meek said. But once we got away from that, we got inside and got fouled a lot.The first and second halves were two different games as Steamboat shifted from outside shooting to playing in the post. Down low, Devin Borvansky dominated. Borvansky scored 17 points, despite struggling from the free-throw line hitting just one of seven shots.I just do what the team asks of me, Borvansky said. And coach said we could beat them in the post, so thats what I tried to do.Rifle made a couple of offensive runs. The Bears scored six unanswered points to start the second quarter and scored a buzzer-beating three-pointer from Jim Owens to take a one-point lead at halftime. We panicked from their full-court press early, Meek said. Once we got over that, we played well.Despite hustling for loose balls and playing aggressively, the referees thought the Bears were too aggressive and called many fouls. The Bears were also called for two technicals in the second half. One went against Owens, the other against coach Chris Lowther.
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