Girls varsity basketball gallops past Cowboys


It's what Bulldogs coach Craig Mortensen wanted.

The Moffat County High School (MCHS) girls varsity basketball team scored 17 points in the first quarter and 28 points in the second quarter before down-shifting to pick up a 76-22 victory over the Meeker Cowboys Thursday in Craig.

The Bulldogs moved to 12-4 on the season while the Cowboys remained winless at 0-16.

"The thing that we talked about is playing to our level and not their level," said Mortensen. "I think that the girls did a good job of that."

In the first eight minutes of play, the Bulldogs outscored Meeker, 15-2.

"I think that we did a good job," said junior guard Emily Mortensen, who paced the team with 15 points. "We kind of expected to win. We believed in ourselves and we thought that we could go do it."

MCHS finished the first half as fast as they started, taking a commanding 45-9 lead into the break.

"We pressed for a half and then we ran some half-court defense," said coach Mortensen. "We tried to make it a productive night and I think that the girls did that."

In the second half, the Bulldogs took off the pressure, but still won going away.

"We could have pressed them the whole game and scored 100 points, but we didn't" said Mortensen. "The Meeker kids are working hard. We are just better than they are."

Other Bulldogs in double figures were freshman Laurel Mortensen with 14 points and junior Krystal Voorhees finished with 11 points.

In the junior varsity game, the Bulldogs routed Meeker, 64-36. Sophomores Charlotte Steele and Katie Telfer each finished with 16 points. Steele, a guard, had 12 of 16 points come from the free-throw line.

"We didn't have any kind of a letdown," said junior varsity coach Mike LeWarne. "These girls like to compete against anybody.

It really helped out that Charlotte got hot in the first half and Katie took over in the third quarter."

In the freshmen game, the Bulldogs downed the Cowboys, 56-37.

Freshmen Kate Schafer and Danielle Brown each finished with 11 points to lead the way.

"It was a good game and Meeker played us a lot better than we thought they were going to play us," said freshmen coach Jim Loughran. "We were ahead of them by four points in the third quarter and then we pulled away from them."

The Bulldogs will focus on their arch rival, the Steamboat Springs Sailors, who come to town for a 7:30 p.m. game on Thursday.

"We really have to concentrate on Steamboat Springs," said Mortensen. "That will be an exciting game for us. Steamboat Springs is playing pretty well. They are right in the ballpark with Rifle and us."

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