JV ignores Tigers growls, wins

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Youth has its advantages.

Freshman guard Laurel Mortensen poured in 24 points and sophomore forward Katie Telfer finished with 18 points to loft the junior varsity girls basketball team over the Hayden varsity team, 73-52, Tuesday in Craig.

The Bulldogs moved to 12-2 on the year while the Tigers dropped to 8-5.

"We lost to Hayden by three points earlier this year and to win by 21 just shows you how hard these girls are working," said junior varsity coach Mike LeWarne. "This group of girls is just getting better each day."

The Bulldogs came out firing, jumping ahead 17-10 after one quarter.

"I didn't think that I had a really good first quarter and I thought that I better put it together if we were going to have a good game," said Mortensen. "We worked so hard this week that we owed it to ourselves to beat Hayden."

In the second quarter, Mortensen put it all together by scoring 16 of her 24 points. The Bulldogs held a 44-23 lead at halftime. Mortensen finished the half with five field goals and was six-of-10 from the free-throw line.

"We got some of Hayden's better players in foul trouble in the second quarter," said LeWarne. "They (Bulldogs) caught on who were the Hayden top players and we just took it to them. Hayden had to bring in some of the girls that hadn't had much varsity time and that is why we got the big lead."

In the second half, MCHS continued to pour it on by building a 28-point lead, 62-34, halfway through the third quarter. The run put the game out of reach for the Tigers.

"Laurel has done a great job for us all year long. She handled the ball well for us tonight," said LeWarne. "All the girls on the team played a good game for us."

Junior forward Jessica Norman was the third Bulldogs player in double figures, finishing with 12 points.

In an earlier game Tuesday, the Bulldogs freshmen team edged the Hayden junior varsity, 53-50.

Freshman Amanda Wooten finished with 17 points and nine of her points came on 3-pointers. Freshman Danielle Brown chipped in with 12 points. The freshmen Bulldogs have a 9-4 record.

"The girls played well," said freshmen coach Jim Loughran. "I had my big post player, Jeni Jones, step up and play well for me. I had my point guard (Kate Schafer) play the game sick and that say's a lot about this team. "

The freshmen team will next be in action at 4:30 p.m. Friday against Rifle in Craig while the junior varsity team will play at 6 p.m.

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