"The girls worked hard all game," Head Coach Craig Mortensen said. "The girls had an attacking defense and hit Roaring Fork with everything."
The Lady 'Dogs came out strong from the tip off. They out played Roaring Fork the entire game with their attacking defense. The team's guards pressured the Rams guards and shut down the passing lanes, making it difficult for Roaring Fork to feed the ball to their 6' 2" post player.
"The girls put pressure on Roaring Fork all night," Mortensen said. "We gave them different defensive looks all game. We played them man-to-man, zone, full- and half-court presses."
The defensive pressure forced Roaring Fork to make costly turnovers. The Lady 'Dogs scored many baskets from their opponents' mistakes, Mortensen said.
The game was close ast times, but by the end of the first half, but Moffat County went to the locker room leading 24-13.
The Lady 'Dogs came out strong in the third quarter, out scoring the Rams 13-7. Jessica Noman started the second half with a lay up at the 7:30 mark. On the next play, Amber Sanchez stole the Rams' inbound pass and quickly scored, putting the 28-13 game out of reach for the Rams.
The Lady 'Dogs kept hustling for loose balls and challenged the Rams' every move. At the end of three quarters, the Lady 'Dogs increased their lead to 30-20.
Katie Telfer started the fourth quarter by hitting an easy bucket on a offensive rebound.
"We made a lot of points on second shots," Mortensen said, "Telfer and Norman scored a lot of second-chance points underneath the boards."
At the fourth quarter's 3:18 mark, the Lady 'Dogs led by 20 points and finished the game with a 9-5 run.
The Lady 'Dogs' Krystal Voorhees hit a three-pointer with 2:40 left, and Telfer nailed back-to-back baskets, giving Moffat County a 56-32 victory over Roaring Fork.
"We didn't play our best game," senior Voorhees said. "We weren't the fast break team that we usually are. We'll do better next game."
"Krystal Voorhees was working her tail off," Mortensen said. "We asked her to play post. She did a good job rebounding, played good defense and helped out anyway possible."
The offense worked hard, and the big girl blocked some shots on us," the coach said. "A lip was on the basket, but they kept working to create their shots."
"We got beat by a better team," Rams Head Coach Joe Markham said. "I told the girls before the game that Moffat County would be their toughest opponent this year."
"The bottom line was we couldn't handle the full-court press they threw at us." he added.
Lady 'Dogs Junior Varisty
The girls junior varsity team started the first of four games scheduled against Roaring Fork at the high school gym Saturday.
The Lady 'Dogs won a close contest winning 58-55.
"We didn't play our best game," coach Mike LeWarne said. "But we did play hard."
"We could have played better," said sophomore guard Ashley Bishop. "But considering it was only our fourth game, we did play together as a team."
The Lady 'Dogs played a tough second half, falling behind twice by at least eight points. They came back each time to tie the game and finally took the lead early in the fourth quarter.
The 'Dogs' Charlotte Steele started the third quarter hitting a 15-footer at the 7:20 mark, pulling the 'Dogs within two points, 25-23. Amanda Tomlinson made a jumper that tied the game 25-25 at the 6:50 mark.
Moffat County's Laura Duran broke the tie when she hit one of two free throws, making the score 26-25.
Roaring Fork then went on 10-2 run, giving themselves an 8-point lead over the 'Dogs with 4:30 remaining in the third quarter.
The Lady 'Dogs came back again with three minutes left in the quarter. They pulled within five points on a two-pointer by Duran and three-pointer by Steele with 1:49 left.
With less than a minute to play in the third, Kate Schafer stole the ball and laid it up for an easy two points, making the score 42-39. Moffat County again tied the game at 42-42 when Jeni Jones made a jump shot with eight seconds left.
Moffat County opened the fourth quarter with Steele hitting one of her five trays, which gave Moffat County a three-point lead. A lead they would not relinquish. The Lady 'Dogs cramped down on their defense and denied Roaring Fork a chance to come back. The 'Dogs hung on to win by out scoring the Rams 16-13 in the fourth quarter. The Rams made a last minute rally, but fell short 58-55.
"This was the junior varsity's first game," Roaring Fork Head Coach Joe Markham said. "The girls have been practicing for a month. It felt good to play."
"It was a good first game," he added, "We are a young team with two freshmen and five sophomores."
"They beat us with their pick and roll." he said.
"Molley Morse and Duran have been doing the pick and roll since seventh grade," LeWarne said. "We let them do it anytime."
"Charlotte Steele had a great game," LeWarne said. "She had lead all scores with 23 points and five three-pointers."
The freshmen and JV next game is at 5:00 and 6:30 in Hayden, Tuesday, Dec. 9. The freshmen, JV and varsity will travel to Rangely and play Rangely at 3:30, 5:00 and 6:30, Friday, Dec. 15