No bones about it, the freshman Lady 'Dogs are good. The team opened its season at the Doghouse Saturday afternoon and dominated the Vernal Utes, 42-18.
During the first half the Utes kept the game close, but couldn't capitalize on the Lady 'Dogs' turnovers and foul troubles.
"Being the first game of the season, the girls were nervous in the first half," said Coach Diana Booco. "But the girls took control of second half with a more-pressure defense."
In the second half, the 'Dogs' unstoppable defense disrupted the Utes' offense, forcing many turnovers and resulting in easy points for the 'Dogs.
"The Utes couldn't break the press and were pressured most of the game," Booco said. "They turned the ball over on double dribbles, traveling calls and bad passing."
"We used the 21-rush play," she added. "This is when the two top girls on defense attack the ball handler."
When the 'Dogs' stubborn defense switched to an elusive offense they were unbeatable. Brittany Hutton hit her favorite shot, an eight-footer from the side, that put the game out of reach at 28-11 with 58 seconds remaining in the third quarter. Moffat County led, 30-12, at the end of the third quarter.
"We played good defense and offense," Hutton said.
The Lady 'Dogs started the fourth quarter with a 4-0 run and took the lead, 34-11. The girls coasted in for an easy win with a final score of 42-18.
"It was a good game for Moffat County," said Stagg Marland, coach of the Utes. "They hustled for the ball and were well coached.
"I enjoy coming over to Craig," he added.