Lady 'Dogs staunch in opening round of tourney

There was a little sibling rivalry sparked in senior Katie Telfer after the opening round of the district tournament Thursday night at Mesa State College.

In the Lady 'Dogs 73-18 point win over the Delta Lady Panthers, Telfer's younger freshman sister, Brandy Telfer, came off the bench to lead the team in scoring with 14 points on the night.

The freshman put the final nails in Delta's coffin in the fourth quarter.

Brandy Telfer, who mimics her older sister at the post position, hit an early 6 points in the fourth quarter and closed the game with another unanswered 6 points.

"There are other girls on the varsity who would have outscored me if they would have spent more time in the game," the younger Telfer said. "But it felt pretty good scoring the team high in a post-season game."

The Lady Bulldogs have owned the Lady Panthers (4-15) for the two games of the regular season and it was evident they planned to continue the trend in the opening minutes of Thursday night's game.

In the first two-minutes of the first quarter, Moffat County ran the score up 11-0 with the inside-outside combination of junior Laurel Mortensen and senior Jessica Norman.

The defense was impeccable early in the game, working the patented Moffat County full-court-press to create 10 turnovers in the first half, and stopped the Lady Panthers from finding a basket until the last two minutes of the first quarter.

Delta's only points in the first quarter were off two free throws from center Heather Vincent, whose younger sister Shauna Vincent led the Lady Panthers with 6 points.

In the second quarter, most of Moffat County's bench was in the game picking up were the varsity left off, closing out the half with a 37-5 Lady 'Dogs advantage.

"What we're not doing is playing down to the level of any of our competition," coach Craig Mortensen said. "We're doing the things we need to do, and getting the job done. And when we play like that we show how much better a team we are than most in our conference."

The varsity started the third quarter, running up another 16 quick points, capped off by a pair of uncontested three pointers from Charlotte Steele.

The fourth quarter belonged to Brandy Telfer, who scored 12 points to lead the Lady 'Dogs.

Her final quarter output equaled that of the next top-two scorers behind her Katie Telfer and Mortensen, who had 12 points apiece.

Keeping their eyes squarely on the task at hand and not overlooking lesser opponents has pleased Mortensen. He also knows there can't be a lapse in this early post-season intensity because he see what happens when there is.

"We got caught off guard last year against Montezuma-Cortez in the second round because we looked past them," he said. "This year these girls show up for every game like they were playing for the state championship and that's what needs to be done to keep the intensity up."

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