Craig Middle School girls basketball conquers competition at district tourney |

Craig Middle School girls basketball conquers competition at district tourney

The Craig Middle School girls eighth-grade basketball A-Team celebrates a win of the district tournament.
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The older members of Craig Middle School’s basketball had a title to defend Saturday, and while they didn’t disappoint, they aren’t the only athletes getting a legacy started.

CMS girls hoops took first place in both the seventh- and eighth-grade A-Team district tournament games in Steamboat Springs.

Todd Trapp’s eighth-graders took the trophy with a 33-20 win over Meeker to start the day, followed by the championship victory of 39-18 against Rangely.

Trapp noted the group has functioned well as a team ready and raring for the high school level throughout a season in which they sought to repeat the district title they achieved last year.

The eighth-grade B-Team lost a 17-16 heartbreaker to the Sailors before finishing third in the tourney with 25-11 W versus Meeker.

While the seventh-grade B went 0-2, the A-Team’s rematch against Rangely began the day, the Bulldogs having lost to the Panthers earlier in the schedule. The 37-17 win invigorated them and set them up for a much narrower match with Meeker, defeating the Cowboys 22-18.

The finale was fitting in a year that was full of growth, said coach Alicia Townsend.

“You would see them making an effort to do everything that we asked them to do and more. I am proud of these young ladies both for their skill, talent, and hard work but I am also very proud of the fact that they were very supportive of each other without having to be coached to do that,” Townsend said. “It was a great season overall, and I am certainly looking forward to next year.”