Sailors down Rams at Brenda Patch Tourney |

Sailors down Rams at Brenda Patch Tourney

Jeff Caspersen
Post Independent
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Chad Spangler Post Independent

CARBONDALE, Colorado ” When you’re a team short on varsity experience, going up against a school a class higher isn’t an ideal way to start the season.

That’s exactly what Roaring Fork head coach Larry Williams and his 3A Rams faced in Friday’s Brenda Patch Tournament opener. And not only were his Rams facing a 4A school, but they were facing one of the best 4A schools on the Western Slope.

Starting with a 9-0 game-opening run, Steamboat Springs rolled to a 48-34 win over the tournament hosts in both teams’ season debut.

“They just haven’t played at this level yet,” Williams said of his squad. “For JV kids to play one of the top teams in the league, maybe the state, is a big jump. Evidently, I didn’t have them ready for that big of a jump.”

Nelson Brasell scored 21 points and drained four 3-pointers to pace the hot-shooting Sailors, who made habit of swinging the ball around the perimeter and waiting for an open shot or crease through which to drive the ball to the hoop.

“We’re working on it,” said Steamboat Springs coach Luke DeWolfe, who won his first game as head coach of the Sailors. “We’ve been pretty consistently working on our patience, making sure we get quality shots and quality looks.”

They parlayed that practice into a runaway victory on Friday, taking a 17-7 lead after a quarter and 27-14 edge by halftime.

Charles Wood hit a couple of 3s and scored 10 points to complement Brasell’s big points night. Brasell and Hinder led the Sailors with five rebounds apiece.

Ryan Weimer scored nine points to pace the Rams, while Arick Zeigel and Michael Black each scored six points. Weimer led Roaring Fork with five rebounds.

CARBONDALE, Colorado ” Riding the hot hand of Gracie Stockdale and a smothering press to success, Steamboat Springs’ girls rebounded from an early 5-0 hole to knock off Roaring Fork 57-40 in Friday’s Brenda Patch Tournament.

Stockdale drained a pair of triples and shot 10-of-19 from the floor in a 22-point performance.

“No. 31 killed us,” Roaring Fork head coach Nancy Zeigel lamented.

Zeigel’s squad led 10-9 after a quarter before the Sailors opened the second frame with 13 unanswered points, most of those fueled by an oppressive press that led to turnovers and easy baskets.

“We changed our press to a trapping press,” Stockdale said afterwards. “We’ve been working on it in practice the whole time.”

Steamboat head coach John Ameen is just happy to have the athletes to press with success.

“This year we have the athletic talent, we have the depth, to do that,” he said.

On top of Stockdale’s 22 points, Ameen saw Lindsey Yost and Brittany Long score seven points apiece. Emi Birch grabbed 12 rebounds and Stockdale had seven.

Alli Zeigel led Roaring Fork with 10 points, six rebounds and four assists. Shea Courtney added nine points and Joey Clingan and Maria Flores each had six.

Friday’s game was the season opener for both teams.

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