FRUITA -- Depending on one's point of view, either the Glenwood Springs girls full-court press started to work too late or the Moffat County girls did just enough to get a win.
"Things got pretty hectic in the fourth quarter for us," Moffat County junior Brandie Telfer said after her team's 49-39 win in the fifth-and sixth-place District 7 game. "It wasn't pretty."
What wasn't pretty was the Bulldogs' inability to get set on offense in the fourth quarter. The Bulldogs only scored one basket from the field.
What was pretty was the Bulldogs' ability to hit free throws. The Bulldogs scored 12 of their 14 points in the final quarter from the line. In the game they went 18-22 in free-throw shooting, for 82 percent.
"Glenwood's athletic ability kept them in the game," Moffat County coach Craig Mortensen said. "Our effectiveness from the line kept it out of reach."
Turnovers and converted points from the press allowed the Demons to get within two points, 40-38 with 3 minutes, 40 seconds left in the fourth. Before that the Bulldogs led by as much as nine points twice in the third quarter.
The Bulldogs turned the ball over 32 times against Glenwood's press. The turnovers limited Moffat County's ability to get a shot, shooting only 24 times in the game. Glenwood took 43 shots.
The win completed a three-game sweep of the Demons for Moffat County. It also extended the Bulldogs' season at least one more game. The top five teams from the district move on to regional play Tuesday. The Bulldogs had the best overall record (15-6) of any fifth-place finisher in the state. They ended up with a game against second seeded Skyline (19-3). The Bulldogs travel to Longmont Tuesday to face the Falcons.
"Who knows what position we'd be in if we could have beat Steamboat," Telfer said. "But we have to take what we're given."
In the championship game of the tournament, Montrose won its sixth consecutive district title with a 32-30 win against Rifle. Montezuma-Cortez took an easy 52-31 win against Steamboat Springs for third place.
The time for the game against Skyline was not determined before press time.
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