Girls varsity hoopsters declaw Panthers

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If the girls varsity basketball game Friday in Craig between the Moffat County High School (MCHS) Bulldogs and the Delta Panthers was a boxing match, the Bulldogs would have scored an early knockout.

MCHS jumped ahead of the Panthers by 20 points, 37-17, at halftime and cruised to a 61-26 league win.

The Bulldogs moved to 10-3 on the year and 3-0 in league play, while the Panthers fell to 1-13 overall and 0-3 in conference.

"We just went out and played our game," said Bulldogs coach Craig Mortensen. "It was a good effort. The girls are playing hard."

According to sophomore guard Amber Sanchez, the Bulldogs dominated from the start.

"During the game we worked hard as a team. We pushed the ball and controlled the tempo of the game," said Sanchez. "We set a goal for points scored before the game and we accomplished that goal. It's very nice to be 3-0 and we are really excited."

Even with 61 points in the game, Mortensen believes his offense still needs polishing.

"We are up 20 at half and we spend most of our time talking about our offense and come out and score just four points in the third quarter," said Mortensen. "We are moving the ball pretty well. We are just not getting the right players in the right position."

Sanchez led the team in scoring with 14 points, junior Emily Mortensen finished with 13 points and sophomore Ashleigh Gregg chipped in with eight points.

In the junior varsity girls game, the Bulldogs thumped the Panthers, 67-18. Sophomore Katie Telfer paced the team with 10 points, sophomore Charlotte Steele had eight points, and freshmen Laurel Mortensen and Ashley Bishop both finished with seven points.

"It was just one of those games that we dominated from the start," said junior varsity coach Mike LeWarne. "The girls did a great job of working hard. We played our freshmen team for half of the game and our junior varsity for half of the game."

The varsity team will return to action at 7:30 p.m. Friday when it hosts Rifle in a conference game and at 7:30 p.m. Saturday on the road the Bulldogs face the Glenwood Springs Demons.

"We have a big game coming up against Rifle," said Mortensen. "We have a big weekend with Rifle and Glenwood Springs. If we don't take care of business we might drop two. We will work hard this week and we will be OK."

The junior varsity team will play against the Hayden varsity team at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Craig. The freshman will start the day at 5:30 p.m.

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