JV girls find way to come back again

Fans of the Moffat County High School girls freshman and JV basketball teams traveled to Hayden Tuesday night expecting to watch the conventional eight quarters of basketball.

When the night was over they got their money's worth but the freshman played only two quarters and the JV defeated the Hayden varsity in double overtime.

"I don't know how, but they keep pulling it out," said junior varsity coach Bryce Eardley, referring to the two comeback wins by his team in the last two games.

The JV game was back and forth with the Bulldogs jumping out to a 16-6 lead in the first quarter because of a successful full court press. Once the Tigers figured out how to break the press, their fast-paced style took over the game and they were able to come back and take the lead.

"We started streaking up and down the court with them and that wasn't our game," Eardley said. "It made us panic a little bit and it allowed Hayden to get back into the game."

With two minutes left in the fourth quarter, the Bulldogs were down six points. The team battled back and tied it up before the final buzzer and forced a first overtime.

Freshman Mari Katherine Raftopoulos banked in a buzzer-beater to send the game into a second overtime.

In the second overtime, Eardley said the Bulldogs were able to slow the game down and play their style of basketball by taking 30 to 40 seconds off the clock each time on offense.

The Bulldogs forced the Tigers to foul in the final minute and hit their free throws and the visitors pulled away to win, 68-63.

Leading the way in scoring for MCHS was Raftooulos and junior Staphanie Brown with 20

points each.

David Pressgrove can be reached at 824-7031 or dpressgrove@craigdailypress.com

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