Junior guard Emily Mortensen scored 15 points and the Bulldogs varsity girls basketball team remained a game behind the league-leading Rifle Bears with a 62-25 road victory Saturday over the Delta Panthers.
The Bulldogs, 14-4 overall and 6-1 in conference, were never threatened by the Panthers, who dropped to 0-7 in league play.
"We did start out slow in the first three or four minutes of the game," said Bulldogs coach Craig Mortensen. "We were behind, 6-4, and then we turned it on after that."
According to coach Mortensen, the Panthers couldn't handle the Bulldogs pressure defense.
The Bulldogs went on a 26-0 run in the second quarter to build a commanding, 42-6 advantage at halftime.
"Our defense created a lot of turnovers and steals," said coach Mortensen. "We put on the pressure in the first half and Delta is just not a real good team."
With the game in hand in the third quarter, Mortensen pulled his starters and let the junior varsity team get into the action.
"In the second half the starters played most of the third quarter," said coach Mortensen. "Then, in the fourth quarter, the junior varsity team played. It was a good night for us."
Junior Jessica Norman was the other Bulldog in double figures, scoring 10 points.
Junior Krystal Voorhees finished with eight points.
"Jessica Norman went in and looked really good for us," said coach Mortensen. "It was just a matter of time before she would put together a good game for us.
All the girls are playing hard and playing solid defense."
The Bulldogs will finish the regular season at 7:30 p.m. Friday against the Rifle Bears in Rifle.
"It's nice to put ourselves in a position to play for the league championships," said coach Mortensen. "Rifle is a good team and they are well-coached."