Girls established as team to beat next time around in WSC

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After four months of learning to play together, the Moffat County High School girls basketball team thinks it has got it figured out.

The rest of the Western Slope Conference will probably concur.

"Things are finally coming together," said senior Jeni Jones. "This weekend, we showed we can do what it takes to win in different situations, particularly on an off night."

The Bulldogs couldn't miss Friday night in a 56-39 win over Rifle. Senior Laurel Mortensen had five three pointers in the first half and her backcourt teammate, senior Kate Schafer, added two three pointers in the first two periods.

Moffat County struggled on offense Saturday but held Glenwood Springs to two points in the third quarter to blow it open for a 60-37 win.

"When it comes to tournament time you have to find what works from night to night and we did that this weekend," said coach Craig Mortensen. "I think it shows that they're learning and feel a lot better about themselves."

Despite the 23-point loss, the Demons had a first half against the Bulldogs that gave them confidence for the future.

"I think they really underestimated us coming in," said Glenwood coach Deb Henderson, who went into the locker room down 24-19. "We played with them for a half and that gives us something to focus on when they have to travel down to play us."

The Bulldog players agreed that they might not have taken Glenwood as serious as they should have.

"I think we underestimated them and didn't focus before the game," said senior Ashley Bishop.

Glenwood held Mortensen and sophomore Brandie Telfer to 18 points after they scored 34 the

previous night.

The Bulldogs countered with eight points from Jones and Shafer and seven points from junior Ashlee Hafey.

"We had everyone but one player on the roster score tonight," said coach Mortensen.

"I told them a couple of small things we needed to do during half time and they went out and shut Glenwood down."

The Bulldogs' win extended their regular season Western Slope Conference winning streak to 24 games. But the players know that the next six will still be tough.

"Depending on which Glenwood team shows up, we could have a tough game down there," Jones said. "Rifle also didn't show up on Friday and if they play well next time, it could be a game."

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

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