Grisl to face Panthers


If there is a wrinkle in time where two teams are heading in opposite directions, it's Friday when the Moffat County High School (MCHS) girls varsity basketball team faces the Delta Panthers.

Tipoff is set for 4:30 p.m. in Craig. The junior varsity team will start the day at 3 p.m.

The Bulldogs are riding a five-game winning streak and are 9-3 overall and 2-0 in league play, while the Panthers stand at 1-11 overall and 0-2 in conference play.

"We hope that we come out with some intensity," said Bulldogs coach Craig Mortensen. "This is a game that we should we win."

This week in practice the Bulldogs have been concentrating more on themselves.

"We have been real honest with the girls that Delta is not a real good team," said Mortensen. "We told them that we are not preparing for Delta but we are preparing to get better."

According to Mortensen, the key to the Bulldogs success is defense.

"We just need to come out and play with the intensity that we have been playing with," said Mortensen. "We just need to play good defense and play real hard."

Elsewhere in the league, the Rifle Bears are tied with the Bulldogs with a 2-0 record and Glenwood Springs and Steamboat Springs are tied at 1-2.

"I think that the league is pretty balanced," said Mortensen. "If there is a surprise in the league it might be us with us being at the top."

Mortensen believes his team is a deep ballclub.

"One of our best assets is that we have eight or nine kids that play," said Mortensen. "That might be one of our strong points and that helps us for four quarters."

After the girls, the boys teams will face the Panthers.

"I like watching the boys play and I know the girls to do," said Mortensen. "It helps us get a better crowd."

The junior varsity girls are coming off a 54-46 overtime road victory Tuesday against the SoRoCo Rams varsity team. Freshman Laurel Mortensen paced the team with 18 points and sophomore Katie Telfer finished with 14 points. Junior Jen Havrilla and sophomore Laura Duran chipped in with seven points apiece.

"We had a chance to win the game in regulation, but we didn't get it done," said junior varsity coach Mike LeWarne.

"It wasn't one of our best games, but they were able to pick up the win. SoRoCo only has one senior on the team and they are having a decent season."

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