If the opening weekend is any indicator, the Moffat County High School girls basketball team is going to reach new levels this season.
For the first time, the Bulldogs opened up the season at the Uintah Classic High School tournament in Utah by going undefeated.
"Wasatch is usually very good, and they were down a bit," coach Craig Mortensen said. "The best team that I took (to Utah) lost to Widefield, so this is the best result we've had there."
In each of the three victories, the Bulldogs had at least eight players score.
Mortensen was impressed with the contributions from everyone who played.
"Everybody contributed," he said. "Really, nobody had a bad game."
Their team effort led to wins of 32-23 against Ogden, Utah, 50-30 against Uintah and 53-19 against Wasatch.
Senior Brandie Telfer led the 'Dogs in every game with nine against Ogden, 22 against Uintah and 15 against Wasatch.
She had help from a number of different teammates.
Junior Jessica Uecker had nine points against Ogden, freshman Angie Charchalis had two three-point goals and eight points against Uintah, and senior Erin Robinson had 11 points against Wasatch.
Mortensen said he liked his team's defensive efforts during the weekend.
"They were forcing them to the baseline or away from the basket," he said.
The Bulldogs only allowed double digits in two of 12 quarters. Both of those were 10 points in the first and third quarters by Uintah.
To prepare for their next game against Evergreen, Mortensen said his team will work on free throws.
The team was 5-of-16 from the line against Ogden.
"The Ogden game would have been not as close if we could have hit free throws," he said.
"We also need to recognize what defenses we are facing better."
The tipoff for the Evergreen game is scheduled for 4 p.m. at the home of the Cougars.
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