MCHS varsity Hoopsters ready to win

The Bulldogs varsity basketball team will open their season at the high school gym Saturday against Roaring Fork. The Bulldogs will not change their game plan from last week's 0-3 start at the Grand Junction Tournament.

"We are not going to change anything," Head Coach Blaine Corlett said. "We are going to play our game that we win with."

The Bulldogs worked on their defense, transition and rebounding this week in practice.

"We had a tough time setting up defensively last week at the tournament," Corlett said. "We gave up a lot of easy points and it hurt us."

The Bulldogs poor defensive rebounding took them out of the game they like to play the best, the fast-break game.

"We didn't rebound well on both sides of the court," Corlett said. "It hurt our offensive transition."

The Bulldogs played well on offense, shooting 53 percent two of the three game last weekend, but lost a tough game Saturday morning against Evanston in overtime.

"We got the shot we wanted with six second left in overtime," Corlett said, "The winning shot didn't go in."

Roaring Fork is a 3A team, but they are a tough team with a 6' 5" center, aggressive guards and a great ability for picking up loose balls, Corlett said.

"We played well last weekend and should be able to play at that level," Corlett said.

The girls' varsity basketball team will be playing an afternoon game against Roar Fork Saturday.

"I think we will do fine," Head Coach Craig Mortensen said.

Roaring Forks is a tough team, they have size inside and good guards. They are the type of team that can beat the Lady 'Dogs if they don't play well, Mortensen said.

The Lady 'Dogs' game plan is to pick up the game's tempo and put pressure on the guards by passing the ball inside to their post players, coach said.

"Roaring Forks has a 6'2" center," he added. "We can stop her with our quickness, and we must make her work for the ball."

"We will be mixing up our defenses, switching from man-to-man and zones. The team will be using full-court and half-court presses," the coach said. "We like to full-court press to see what kind of ball handlers they have."

Roaring Forks' strengths are speed and quickness, and the 'Dogs will have to be in better shape then most teams, Mortensen said.

The Lady 'Dogs made adjustments in practice this week, trying to better balance their scoring attack, but that will come with time. The team has been working on its shooting, particurally shooting in a crowd under the basket.

"Practices should be as hard as the games," the coach said. "And the intensity level in practice should be that in the game."

"Who ever controls the tempo of the game usually wins," Mortensen said.

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