Normally when Steamboat Springs and Moffat County meet on the hardwood it's a heated battle that lives up to the two schools' long-standing rivalry.
That wasn't the case on Tuesday night.
While Moffat County (2-8, 0-3) struggled to hit its shots Aaron Calkins and a Steamboat Springs offense hit on all cylinders helping the home team earn a 66-34 win over the visiting Bulldogs.
The Sailors (8-3, 3-0) jumped out to a 7-0 lead in the first quarter and then put the game away in the third quarter by outscoring the Bulldogs 15-8. Down the stretch Moffat County was forced to rely on long 3-pointer shots in an
effort to get back into the game.
"This is a rivalry game, so we expected them to come in playing their best," Steamboat junior Aaron Calkins said. "Normally the records don't matter both teams are going to be ready to go."
But in Tuesday's game Steamboat's defense held Moffat County's leading scorer, Kaleb McKey to seven points. J.T. Haddan added six and Clark Clevery and Colton Conrad both scored five
"Steamboat does a nice job both offensively and defensively. They always seem to be in the right position at the right time. You have to give coach Meek and his players a lot of credit," Moffat County coach Scott Parker said. "We didn't shoot the ball well. Some of that is Steamboat playing real good defense. We just have to grow from this and go from here."
On the other side of the court, Steamboat was able to spread it's offense out. In the first half the team drove to the basket, but in the third quarter the team got hot from the outside.
Calkins led the team with 22 points including five three-pointers. He also had 11 assists and seven rebounds. Michael Vandahl scored 17 points with six assists and eight rebounds. Colby Kostur, Alex Wood and Cameron Peter all had six. Kostur had six rerounds with Petter and Tanner Stillwell both had four assists each.
"We had two guys that really stood out, but this was a team effort," Meek said. "Those guys would not have had success without everyone on the team playing as a unit.
Meek said the Sailors should celebrate the win, but shouldn't spend too much time patting themselves on the back. They have Delta at home Friday (7:30 p.m.) and Palisade Saturday (5:30 p.m.). Moffat County will play Palisade at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Delta at 5:30 p.m. Saturday.
"It's is a huge win for us," Calkins said. "I look forward to this game every year. I look forward to every game. We need to come out like we did in this game, with the same amount of intensity and just dominate."