Girls pile up two more victories

The winning streak is still intact and it's up to five games for the Moffat County High School (MCHS) girls varsity basketball team.

Friday night in Craig, the Bulldogs dominated the Glenwood Springs Demons, 65-44, in a conference matchup. On Saturday, in Roosevelt, Utah, MCHS edged the Union Cougars, 46-42, in a non-league contest.

The Bulldogs stand at 9-3 overall and 2-0 in league play.

"This is a good run for us," said Bulldogs coach Craig Mortensen. "This is the first time in five years that I have been the girls head coach that we have beat Glenwod Springs at home. We have beaten them at their place, just never here."

Against Glenwood Springs both teams stood at 13-13 after one quarter of play.

The Bulldogs put things into overdrive, scoring 20 points and holding the Demons to five points to take a 33-18 lead into halftime.

"We had a real big second quarter," said Mortensen. "We moved the ball well and Glenwood Springs was shooting some layups on us and we took that away and we made them hit from the outside."

After three quarters of play, MCHS was up 46-30. In the fourth quarter, MCHS continued to put the pressure on, going up 59-40 and with two minutes left Mortensen cleared his bench.

"We just kept the heat on them in the second half," said Mortensen. "We got some good buckets and I am real proud of them. It's always nice to play everybody at home."

Junior guard Emily Mortensen exploded for 24 points to pace the team, with 19 points in the first half.

Junior Krystal Voorhees finished with 10 points and senior Michelle Donnel added seven points.

"I thought that we passed the ball really well," said Emily Mortensen. "In the second quarter we just ran our offense better and our defense created some easy shots."

Against Union, the free-throw line was the difference. MCHS was 18-of-30 and the Cougars were 9-of-18.

"The game was close all the way down to the end," said coach Mortensen. "Union has a lot of tradition in basketball as they were Utah Class 4A state champions a year ago. It was a good win for us."

For the second straight night, Emily Mortensen led the way with 18 points. Sophomore Amber Sanchez finished with 12 points.

"Everybody contributed to the offense," said Mortensen. "Our girls are doing a good job at taking the ball to the basket."

In the junior varsity game Friday, the Bulldogs ran past the Demons, 61-26. Freshman Laurel Mortensen led the team with 16 points and sophomore Jessica Norman added 10 points.

"I am very pleased the girls came out and they did a excellent job," said junior varsity coach Mike LeWarne. "They did the things that we wanted them to do. They played one of their best games all year."

In the freshmen game, MCHS downed the Demons, 54-29. Amanda Wooten had team-high honors with 15 points and Kate Schafer finished with 14 points.

The varsity team will next be in action at 4:30 p.m. Friday against Delta in Craig.

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