By ELWOOD K. SHELTON
Daily Press writer
It didn't take long for the Lady Bulldogs to get the upper hand Saturday night against the Roaring Fork Lady Rams.
But that's the way it goes when five lady hoopsters shoot in the double digits.
Seniors Charlotte Steele, Amber Sanchez, Ashliegh Gregg, Jessica Norman and junior Laurel Mortensen combined for 66 points in Saturday's 81-38 win.
The win not only gives the Lady 'Dogs the reassurance of another non-conference win, redeeming their slow start earlier this season, but also reassured coach Craig Mortensen that the new system he implemented this year is working.
"We've been working to balance out our offensive attack this season, and have done well in past games, but we had a real breakthrough in the Roaring Fork game," he said. "Charlotte shot four for six from behind the three-point line, and Ashliegh, Katie Telfer and Jessica accounted for about 30 points on the inside."
The Lady Bulldogs didn't start their breakthrough game until the second quarter, scoring 27 points and sending the Lady Rams into the locker room at halftime trailing 38-20.
From then on, the team scored no less than 20 points per quarter.
Early on in the game, the girls let the Lady Rams (1-2) stick around, ending the first quarter with an 11-6 lead.
This is not to say that the three top-scoring Lady Rams, freshmen Caroline Crettie and Tarn Udall and junior Jenna Nichokon, who have averaged more than 10 points a game were any factor.
The Lady 'Dogs said they didn't notice much of a difference between the players.
"No one really stood out on their team," senior Katie Telfer said. "It's not to say they weren't a pretty good team, they just really didn't have any stand-out players."
The Lady Bulldogs find some solace in beating the Class 3A Lady Rams, if not because they broke the Lady 'Dogs two-game losing streak, because of who the Lady Rams played before meeting Moffat County.
Roaring Fork began the season losing to the Glenwood Springs Demons (5-1) by a single point finishing the game 41-40 in the Demons' favor.
In their second game, they wiped the floor with West Grand High School by the score of 77-9.
Mortensen said much of what the girls achieved Saturday was due to their hard play early in the game, and never letting up once they got the jump on the Lady Rams.
"We weren't at our peak intensity when we first came out, but really got into the rhythm in the second quarter," Mortensen said. "Once we were up, we never let our guard down. If we can play with as much intensity as we did Saturday, we'll do fine the rest of the season."
The game meant a lot to the players on a personal level, because for many it was a redemption win.
"The teams we lost to in the Utah tournament were good, and we stuck pretty close to them," Telfer said. "This win helps prove to us, and everyone else, that we can win and it helps overshadow how we started."