Bulldogs get back into action

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Hurry up and wait has been the case for the Moffat County High School girls varsity basketball team the last few weeks.

But that will all change starting at 7:30 p.m. Thursday when the Bulldogs, 4-3, go against the Rawlins, Wyo., Lady Outlaws.

"Mentally we are ready to play and we are anxious to play," said Bulldogs varsity coach Craig Mortensen. "Hopefully, we are ready to play with what we have been doing in practice. We will find out Thursday night."

The freshmen team will start the day at 4 p.m. followed by the junior varsity at 5:30 p.m.

The Lady Outlaws enter the non-league contest with a 2-5 record.

"Rawlins will run a zone and a man at you," said Mortensen. "I think that they have a good coach. We are young enough that anybody could beat us. We have to come and play hard every night. We want to play as hard as we practice."

Players who will see time on the varsity team this week will be senior Michele Donnel and juniors Krystal Voorhees, Emily Mortensen, Heather Urbanowski, Stacy Ponikvar and Jennifer Havrilla. Sophomores will be Amber Sanchez, Jessica Norman and Ashleigh Gregg.

"We have played seven games before and the girls have proven themselves," said Mortensen. "We just need to find the right fit and how to use our players better."

The players are anxious to play.

"We are ready for Rawlins on Thursday and then especially Steamboat Springs on Friday," said Voorhees. "Practice has been hard and we are just getting ready for everyone. We are running a whole bunch of different offenses and we are looking really good."

At 6 p.m. Friday the Bulldogs will play their first league game against the Steamboat Springs Sailors while the junior varsity team will start at 4:30 p.m.

"Steamboat Springs is a good team; they have some good players," said Mortensen. "We have had a couple of common opponents and we have done about the same."

At 4 p.m. Saturday the varsity team will square off with the Roaring Fork Rams. On Dec. 11 the Bulldogs put the Rams away with a 44-25 victory.

"That is kind of hard when you play a familiar opponent at the end of the week," said Mortensen. "The good thing about that is that it will be Roaring Fork's third game of the week. Hopefully, we won't overlook them and we will go down and play well against them."

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