Bulldogs win third in a row

The streak is still alive.

The Moffat County High School girls varsity basketball team extended its winning streak to three games with a 52-45 victory over the Rangely Panthers Thursday at the high school gym.

The Bulldogs moved to 4-2 on the year.

"We are always pleased to win," said Bulldogs coach Craig Mortensen. "Rangely shot the three-pointer really well. We had a 10-point lead in the fourth quarter and we missed a couple of free throws and the Panthers hit a couple of three-pointers. That brings the game to six points and we hit some free throws down the stretch to win the game."

The Bulldogs were able to handle whatever the Panthers threw at them.

"Our kids did a good job handling their pressure," said Mortensen. "I think that we are improving each game out."

MCHS finished with three players in double figures as junior Heather Urbanoski and sophomore Amber Zanchez paced the team with 11 points each. Junior Krystal Voorhees finished with 10 points and junior Emily Mortensen added nine points. Sophomore Jessica Norman chipped in with seven points.

"That's really nice when you can have three players in double figures and two of them close behind," said Mortensen. "It was really good to see Jessica (Norman) come through. She has kind of been struggling and we just have to play her through this confidence thing."

According to Urbanoski, the players are pumped up about the winning streak.

"We are all really excited to win three games and we hope to win a fourth win in Basalt," said Urbanoski. "We like to have everyone score and we try to work the ball around to who is open."

In the junior varsity game, the Bulldogs rolled past the Panthers, 49-23. Freshman Laurel Mortensen led the way with 10 points, sophomore Katie Telfer finished with nine points and sophomore Charlotte Steele added seven points.

"The biggest thing that I am pleased with is the effort that we are putting forth," said junior varsity coach Mike LeWarne. "I think the reason for that is that we are working hard on the court at the things that we don't do well. Basalt will be a long trip for us on Saturday and we are expecting them to be very tough. It will be a good test for us and we want to finish strong before Christmas break."

The varsity team will play at 3:30 p.m. Saturday against the Basalt Longhors. The freshmen start the day at noon and the junior varsity follows at 1:30 p.m.

"We have a tough game coming up against Basalt," said Mortensen. "We are going to have to play really well and it will be a good challenge for us."

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