Steamboat Springs snares Patch Crown |

Steamboat Springs snares Patch Crown

G. Sean Kelly

CARBONDALE – The Roaring Fork girls’ basketball team was able to recover from a slow start and an 11-1 run by Steamboat Springs to end the first half.

The Class 3A Rams, however, weren’t able to hold on in the final minutes of the Brenda Patch tournament Saturday night as the Class 4A Sailors took the tourney title 61-59.

After trailing by nine points after the first half, Roaring Fork rallied back to take a 51-47 advantage into the final quarter. The Rams held onto the lead until Steamboat’s Bailey Draper snagged an offensive rebound and converted a circus-style layup to knot the game at 59-all with 1 minutes 43 seconds left in the game.

“We just couldn’t rebound tonight, and usually that’s a strong part of our game,” Roaring Fork coach Jacky Gaddis said. “And (Steamboat) isn’t exactly a small team.”

Steamboat took its first lead since the third quarter when Anya Allen dished the ball to Bayli Stillwell for a 61-59 edge with 50 ticks left on the clock.

Jesse Rochel had a chance to tie up the game when she was awarded a one-and-one free throw seconds later. She missed the first shot, but got her own rebound. It wasn’t to be, however as the Sailors essentially sealed the contest with the defensive board on the shot from the field.

Steamboat jumped out to an early lead in the first quarter as Jen Weber hit two treys to help give the Sailors an 11-3 advantage.

Roaring Fork rallied to take a 19-17 edge in the second quarter but were outscored 14-4 in the final minutes of the first half and trailed 32-23 at the intermission.

The Roaring Fork offense started clicking in the third quarter as Brie Bath and Tarn Udall combined for 23 points in the frame and a 51-47 lead at the start of the fourth quarter.

“We knew we had to have that come around,” Gaddis said of the offensive production of her two most consistent scorers.

Udall led all scorers with 22 points, while Bath chipped in 19. Stillwell and Weber each scored 15 points for the Sailors.

Steamboat Springs 15 17 15 14-61

Roaring Fork 10 13 28 8-59

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS – Bailey Draper 1 0-0 2, Anya Allen 0 0-1 0, Shelley Dunlop 1 2-2 4, Bayli Stillwell 7 1-4 15, Jen Weber 6 0-0 15, Tracy Lucas 5 4-5 14, Erin Christensen 1 0-0 2. Jannike Combs 3 3-3 9. Totals 25 10-15 61.

ROARING FORK – Tarn Udall 8 6-10 22, Brie Bath 8 2-2 19, Jessi Rochel 2 0-1 4, Carly Velasquez 1 2-3 4, Ashley Jensen 2 3-4 9, Alyson Romanus 0 0-0 0, Megan Zeigel 0 0-0 0. Totals 21 14-22 59.

3-point goals – Weber 3, Jensen 2, Bath. Total fouls – Steamboat 19, Roaring Fork 14. Fouled out – none. Technicals – none.

Boys Championship

Green River, Wyo., 54,

Roaring Fork 46

Green River, Wyo., exploded for 22 points in the fourth quarter to break open a tight game en route to a 54-46 championship game victory over Brenda Patch Tournament host Roaring Fork Saturday at the Roaring Fork High School.

Green River trailed 35-32 heading into the final stanza, but outscored the Rams 22-11. Graden Trumble led the Wolves with 11 points, while Josh Nichelson, Bill Mickelson and Joe Killpack each added nine for the balanced scoring attack.

Nic Lough and Misael Fernandez each hit double figures for the Rams with 12 and 11 points, respectively.

Green River 14 13 5 22-54

Roaring Fork 14 11 10 11-46

GREEN RIVER – Mike Mares 2 0-0 4, Josh Nichelson 2 3-4 9, Joe Killpack 2 5-7 9, Graden Trumble 4 3-4 11, Bobby Pickel 2 2-2 6, Chip Eklund 1 0-0 2, Bill Mickelson 2 5-6 9, Chris Strampe 2 0-1 4. Totals 17 18-24 54.

ROARING FORK – Aaron Markham 2 3-4 8, Dan Markoya 0 2-2 2, Nic Lough 6 0-3 12, Misael Fernandez 5 1-2 11, Tommy Joiner 2 0-0 4, Jake Boyle 3 0-0 6, Jon Lough 1 1-4 3. Totals 19 7-15 46.

Third-place boys

The Glenwood Demons boys’ basketball team needs just one more quarter to become complete.

Leading through three quarters of play Steamboat Springs came alive in the fourth quarter to defeat Glenwood 56-42 in the third-place game of the Brenda Patch Tournament in Carbondale.

“There’s a lot of positive stuff,” said Glenwood coach Roger Duroux. “We played three great quarters tonight and our defense is incredible right now.”

Cameron Burney led the Sailors in the victory with a game-high 20 points, while teammate John Daschle notched 13.

Marco Salmen paced the Demons with 11 points.

Third-place girls

The Glenwood Demons girls’ basketball team could only muster five points in the fourth quarter as Green River, Wyo., took home third-place honors with a 62-52 victory Saturday at the Brenda Patch Tournament in Carbondale.

The Wolves’ Tanna Houston put on a dominating performance with 28 points in the game. Teammate Brittany Peterson chipped in 12.

The Demons were led by Megan McKinnie’s 16 points and Amanda Whiting scored 12.

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