By ELWOOD K. SHELTON
Daily Press writer
The Lady Bulldogs learned something this Saturday the game of basketball is a work in progress.
That work in progress starts with conditioning, and Senior Jessica Norman said conditioning is currently the team's biggest hurdle.
Lack of conditioning had most of the team sucking air by the end of the third game in the Unitah Tournament on Saturday.
The Lady 'Dogs, though, will try to square away a few more elements of play to avoid more tournaments such as the one they had last weekend.
"Really overall the girls played well, it's just some areas need improvement," coach Craig Mortensen said about the girls' 1-3 record at the tournament. "We stayed with all the teams we played, but got beat in certain areas of the game."
The Lady Bulldogs won their first game Friday against Evanston, Wyo., but that was the only game they captured.
On Saturday, the girls faced the two Utah schools, losing both games but the good news was that they only lost by a few points.
The two games that the Lady 'Dogs lost were by a combined total of eight points.
The scoring at the tournament came from the guards and the post players, which reinforces Mortensen's pre-season promise about a more balanced Lady Bulldogs' scoring system.
Last year, the majority of the scoring came from the point guards.
Senior Amber Sanchez was the team's leading scorer, with 36 points over the three games. Following Sanchez in scoring was the other guard, Laurel Mortensen, who put up 27 points in the first two games.
Post players Katie Telfer and Jessica Norman led the Lady 'Dogs from the inside, and combined for 36 points in the tournament.
The Lady Bulldogs were also 31 of 39 from the free-throw line.
"I think we're ready for the season, but to really play to our potential we need more games under our belts," Norman said. "The loss we had this weekend will work out to be more of a positive than a negative, since it's made us mad. It has us prepared for the rest of the season."
The Friday night game against Evanston pitted the Lady Bulldogs against a still young, but improved team from Wyoming.
They were able to stay in control of the game the entire time, winning by a score of 63-36.
Saturday's segment of the tournament against Wasche saw the girls begin to run into trouble. Wasche is ranked No. 1 in Class 3A, and played like it against the Lady 'Dogs.
The game stayed close, but ended with a 49-46 Wasche win.
The Wasche team proved to be a competent adversary, with their primary weapon being a 6'2" post player, who kept the girls on their toes underneath the net.
The final game was against Logan, Utah, a school similar in size to Colorado's Class 5A, and has a good pool of athletes from which to draw.
The Lady 'Dogs came out playing sluggishly in the first quarter, falling behind by 14 points right before halftime.
The Lady 'Dogs came out with renewed vigor in the second half, however, it was too late to stage a comeback, and the girls lost their second game of the season 57-52.
"We played good and had some good competition at the tournament," Mortensen said. "It was good to play against schools the caliber of Wasche and Logan, but I know if we would have played those two teams at the end of the year we would have beat them."
The Lady 'Dogs next game is at 5 p.m., Saturday in Carbondale against Roaring Fork.