The bad weather and terrible road conditions didn't keep the Moffat County girls varsity basketball team from traveling to Rangely High School Friday evening. The Lady Dogs beat the Panthers 50-34.
"The kids weren't sharp," Head Coach Craig Mortensen said. "We were anticipating the game against Basalt."
The Panthers kept the game close until the final period when the Lady Dogs started shooting hot.
The offense didn't play well the first three quarters," Mortensen said. "But in the fourth quarter the team started shooting better, and playing tougher defense."
The Lady Dogs defense dominated the Panthers in the final quarter with their pressure defense. The Panthers offense broke down and were forcing turnovers and Moffat County capitalized with easy buckets.
"Our defense played well and forced a lot of opponent turnovers," Mortensen said. "We play a full court press the entire game. Rangely couldn't handle the pressure well and turned the ball over."
"Rangely had a hard time getting into their offense," he added.
The Lady Dogs had a good fourth quarter with there inside and outside shooting and put the game away and won 50-34.
Moffat County carried their hot shooting with them to Basalt High School and beat the Longhorns 58-50.
"We needed a good game to play," Mortensen said. "This has been the best team we played this year."
The entire game was close, the Lady Dogs would have a ten point lead and the Longhorns would come back within two points and then fall behind again.
"When Basalt close in on our lead, Mortensen said. "We would open our game and take the lead again. The Longhorns tried to get back into the game with their full court press game, but the Lady Dogs handled the pressure well."
The Lady Dogs had a nine point lead going into the fourth quarter and held on to win 58-50.