Lady Bulldogs beat league's second best

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Coach Craig Mortensen's recipe for winning games is simple keep the other team under 40 points, and the rest will take care of itself.

Mortensen's Lady Bulldogs did exactly that Saturday night in an offensively sluggish game at Palisade, keeping their perfect conference record intact with a 42-31 win over Palisade.

The slow game between the two teams came down to who held on defense late in the game, and Moffat County was able to stick it out.

Heading into the fourth quarter, the Lady 'Dogs held an eight-point lead, and solidified the win by holding Palisade (4-6) to four points in the fourth quarter.

"It was a real slow and physical game with a lot of pushing and shoving it was kind of like thug basketball," Mortensen said. "What impresses me about the game is we only shot around 50 percent, which is low for us, but we still won because we held them under 40 points if we hold a team under 40, we should win every time."

The game started close, with Palisade staying within a point in the first quarter.

The Moffat County girls extended their lead in the second quarter by three points, with a defensive stand that allowed only two Lady Bulldogs scoring opportunities.

The third quarter was the highest scoring for both teams, with Palisade putting up 13 points and Moffat County scoring 18.

The fourth was Moffat County's defensive stand, and saw the Lady Bulldogs put seven points on the board, with five points coming from the line.

The top scores for the Lady Bulldogs were guards Amber Sanchez with seven points, and Laurel Mortensen with nine.

This was the first game of the season where the entire Moffat County team was held to single digits in scoring.

"It's good to see the girls win a game they didn't shoot to win," Mortensen said. "I think it's a testament to how well these girls can play on either end of the court."

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