Opening weekend sets tough stage

Three games in two days, win or lose, the Moffat County High Schools girls basketball varsity and junior varsity teams will get a solid workout at the Uintah Classic in Vernal, Utah.

The varsity team will open its season at 5:15 p.m.Friday against Springville, Utah. Saturday, the Bulldogs open morning play at 9 a.m. when they tangle with Wasatch, Utah. The Bulldogs will close out the tournament at 2:15 p.m. by playing Logan, Utah.

The junior varsity team begins play at 3:30 p.m. Friday with a game against Springville and on Saturday the Bulldogs face Logan at12:30 p.m. and Wasatch at 4 p.m.

"We have a real tough opening weekend," said Bulldogs coach Craig Mortensen. "Both our junior varsity and varsity will have a really tough start."

According to Mortensen, the Utah schools have a head start.

"The Utah schools started a week earlier," said Mortensen. "They already have had their first set of games. It will be a learning and good experience for us."

"In Colorado you are allowed 19 games during the season if you go to a tournament," said Mortensen. "All the schools are going to one tournament and this is the three games we get."

Players who will see time on the varsity team this weekend will be senior Michele Donnel and juniors Krystal Voorhees, Emily Mortensen, Heather Urbanowski, Stacy Ponikvar and Jennifer Havrilla. Sophomores will be Amber Sanchez, Jessica Norman and Ashleigh Gregg.

"Most of the time we play seven or eight players in a game," said Mortensen. "I think that we are a balanced team and I think that we will be OK."

Mortensen said the Bulldogs will use their first weekend of play to get to know one another.

"We would just like to work on our system," said Mortensen. "We would like to execute the defensive and offensive systems that we have. Our main goal this year is staying out of foul trouble.

"In the Tuesday scrimmage we probably had most of the girls foul out.

"They need to learn to play without fouling and sending other people to the free throw line."

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