Seniors Katie Telfer and Jessica Norman had to be patient Friday night.
In front of a nearly packed house, the two post players endured the first half of a stingy inside defense by the Steamboat Springs Lady Sailors. Telfer was the was the only one to score in the first, two points in the opening period.
By the time the third period rolled around, the wait was over, the middle was open and they could score and they did. The two Lady 'Dogs combined for 11 points in the break-through third period, which had the girls putting up 21 points and the cap on their conference opener against the Steamboat Springs Lady Sailors.
Telfer went on to score 10 more points in the fourth to close out the 53-33 romp of the Lady Sailors.
"Katie and Jessica are work horses for us. They waited in the middle the entire first half, fought the defense, and when the opportunity presented itself in the second half, they scored," coach Craig Mortensen said. "Ashliegh Gregg had a big game on the inside as well, and was a key force on defense."
The win over the Lady Sailors and a Saturday night win at Grand Junction Central improves the girls' record to 7-2 on the season, and keeps them on top of the Western Slope Conference.
There was little doubt by anyone present in the Steamboat gym that the Lady 'Dogs would retain their position. After the first two quarters, the Lady Sailors had scored just eight points. Four separate Steamboat players scored, while not a single one could maintain a solid streak.
The lack of scoring didn't mean the Lady Sailors weren't there to play ball it just wasn't on offense. The Lady Sailors defense was tenacious to start, holding the Lady 'Dogs to just 18 points in the first two periods.
The only Lady 'Dog who seemed to have an answer to the early and eager Steamboat defense was senior Charlotte Steele, who sunk two three point shots early in the first.
The initial efforts by the Lady Bulldogs didn't please Mortensen, and pleased the players even less.
"Early I don't think our heads were in the game. I don't know if we were over confident coming in or overlooked this team, but we played down to their level," Gregg, who scored nine points on the night, said. "Steamboat was fired up for this game, I think a lot more fired up than we were."
Telfer ended up leading the scoring against the Lady Sailors with 17 points, with junior Laurel Mortensen pulling in behind her with 10.
Saturday night the girls didn't have to worry about being fired up when they traveled to their biggest game yet this season at Grand Junction Central, and to a 52-50 point win.