As he prepared his team to play Battle Mountain High School, Moffat County girls basketball coach Craig Mortensen emphasized a couple of things -- not to take the Huskies for granted and not to give them anything for free.
In a 78-27 stomping, the Bulldogs followed both instructions.
The Bulldogs outscored their opponents 13-2 in the first quarter and only allowed them five points in the first half. They didn't give them anything, either, as the Huskies didn't go to the free-throw line until the fourth quarter.
"We learned from the Glenwood game that we can't take anyone for granted," said senior Kate Schafer, who scored seven points for the Bulldogs. "We set a goal of being up by 30 at half time and then getting everybody on the team playing time."
The Bulldogs succeeded in both goals and every player that suited up for varsity played in the second half. The cherry on top for the Bulldogs was that for the second straight game 11 of the 12 Bulldogs on the roster scored.
"The girls really went out and got the job done early," Mortensen said. "They were disappointed in the way the played against Battle Mountain the first time and, while the game probably wasn't very exciting for the fans, we played like we were capable."
The fans were quiet for a majority of the game and possibly the most excitement for the crowd was a fire alarm during half time caused by a burst pipe in a classroom at the high school.
Down 36-5 at halftime, Battle Mountain coach David Hite said he tried to get his girls going on offense.
"We couldn't do anything against their defense and when we got a good shot, we missed," Hite said
Senior Laurel Mortensen continued to lead the Bulldogs in scoring with 21 points, followed by sophomore Brandie Telfer's 10 and junior Ashley Hafee's nine points.
The Bulldogs will put their 25-game winning streak in the Western Slope Conference on the line Tuesday as they travel to Steamboat Springs, whose only loss of the season came against the Bulldogs, 54-41, two weeks ago.
"We did a good job of not playing down to the level of the other team tonight," coach Mortensen said. "Steamboat will not be an easy place to play but, if play at our level, we should get another win."
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