Despite inconsistencies, girls win big in both games

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While the scores resembled each other in the two wins for the Moffat County High School girls basketball team this weekend, coach Craig Mortensen liked what he saw more Friday night than the next afternoon.

"Palisade was a little better than we expected but mentally we were focused and ready to play them," he said. "That was the first game this year we were consistent all four quarters."

As for Delta, "We just didn't play very good defense at times," he said. "For us to do well down the stretch, we can't let down the day after a good game. So that is something we need to work on."

The final results of the games were 63-36 against Palisade and 70-35 against Delta.

Senior Laurel Mortensen led the way in both games with 16 on Friday and 25 on Saturday. Friday night had more balanced scoring from the Bulldogs with three players in double digits other than Mortensen. Seniors Kate Schafer and Amanda Tomlinson and freshman April Sanchez each contributed 10 points.

"Kate and Tom had some jumpers early in the game that really started it off well for us," coach Mortensen said.

In the Delta game, sophomore Brandie Telfer was the only other Bulldog in double figures with 16 points.

In both games, MCHS went into the locker room at halftime with comfortable leads of 29-15 and 33-15 respectively.

"Palisade threw a 3-2 defense that we hadn't seen all year and I really thought we did a good job of recognizing what was open," coach Mortensen said. "It forced everybody to contribute and we were able to do that."

Contributions from freshmen Sanchez and Mari Katherine Raftopoulos continue to increase for the Bulldogs. Sanchez scored 10 and nine respectively on the weekend and Raftopoulos had seven against Palisade.

The next game will be one of the biggest for the Bulldogs so far this season with a showdown against undefeated and state-ranked Steamboat Springs.

"These seniors have never lost in high school against Steamboat," Mortensen said. "This is probably the best they've been in a while so it will be a big challenge for us."

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