The four-hour bus ride back from Battle Mountain was made less tedious for the Moffat County High School basketball boys and girls teams Saturday with a six-game sweep of the Huskies.
"I really liked the way we came out and played and it made the bus ride home a little easier to handle," said boys varsity coach Mike LeWarne about his team's 81-51 win. "Battle Mountain is a decent team and it's not like we were playing a weak squad."
In the post-game conversation Battle Mountain coach Philip Tronsrue told LeWarne, "We never handled your pressure."
The Bulldogs' coach said while he had not watched the game tape to get an official count, he predicted his team forced more than 30 turnovers and scored 70 to 80 percent of its points off of steals.
When the Huskies escaped the trap, their focus was to get the ball to 6'7" senior Beau Beckley but Moffat County held the senior to under 10 points.
"I think the guys can really be proud of their post defense right now," LeWarne said. "Joe Padon gave up seven inches to their post player and I think it's safe to say we shut him down."
Leading the way for the Bulldogs was senior Pablo Loya with 26 points followed by junior Anthony Loughran's 16.
The girls varsity started off the Western Slope Conference just the way it ended it last season, with a lopsided victory over the Huskies.
"Going in we knew that unless everything went wrong for us and right for them, we should win," said coach Craig Mortensen. "It was a typical game versus Battle Mountain."
The Bulldogs jumped out to a 17-6 lead in the first quarter and gradually increased their lead on the way to a 59-27 victory.
"We set a goal of holding them to 20 points, which we came close to," Mortensen said. "It was a good game in the fact that we were able to play a lot of kids."
Moffat County had 10 players score with the top four point totals coming from senior Laurel Mortensen, 16, sophomore Brandie Telfer, 13, senior Amanda Tomlinson, 8, and freshman April Sanchez, 7.
"We were a little bit sluggish and struggled to click but it came against the right team," Mortensen said. "It is better to start off with them in the conference schedule than to finish with them. This year we finish with the three toughest teams in the league going into districts, which will prepare us a little better."
The boys and girls teams host Palisade and Delta this weekend on Friday and Saturday, respectively.
David Pressgrove can be reached at 824-7031 or firstname.lastname@example.org.