Moffat County rivalry games in Steamboat Springs see different results
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — The pressure from the Steamboat Springs High School boys basketball amounted to too much Friday for U.S. Highway 40 rival Moffat County.
The Sailors forced turnovers early and often and built a fat first-quarter lead en route to a 67-31 win at home against the Bulldogs.
“Our press and defensive pressure really bothered them,” Sailors coach Michael Vandahl said. “That got them into some turnovers and that fueled our offense.”
A strong rebounding night featuring 19 offensive boards helped Steamboat, as did a 15-16 performance from the free throw line.
Mac Riniker led the team with a stat-book-filling night, 21 points, 14 rebounds, seven steals and five assists. Tyler Doyne had 12 points and nine rebounds.
The only flaw, Vandahl said, was half-court offense.
For the teams we’ll play later in the year, we have to get better at that,” he said. “There are definitely areas to improve.”
The Steamboat girls basketball team couldn’t keep up with Moffat County falling 52-19.
The Bulldogs got scoring up and down the roster but were led by Jana Camilletti’s 11 points. Kinlie Brennise had nine. A solid night in terms of rebounding saw Brooke Gumber take 11 boards and Jaci McDiffett 10.
Steamboat got seven points from Karly Lanning and six from Erica Simmons.
MCHS boys stand at 4-3 and girls 5-2 following the games in Steamboat, their final competitions of 2017. The Bulldog teams will pick up again Jan. 5 at the Pepsi Center in Denver against Aspen, kicking off 3A Western Slope League play.