Girls strong at hoops camp

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Before the Mesa State College basketball camp last week, Moffat County High School girls coach Craig Mortensen said that their undefeated record was misleading because of a weak schedule. A week later, that record is more tested.

"We played some strong teams from bigger schools at Mesa," he said about the camp that ran June 14 to 17. "I thought we played well together except in one game."

The Bulldogs' varsity squad picked up nine wins in 10 games at the competition-only camp. Their only loss came against Class 5A Grand Junction.

"We didn't play very well against Junction High," Mortensen said. "We were down by 20 at half and came back to get within 12 but it wasn't a good performance."

The Blue and White defeated Los Alamos, N.M. (twice), Kirtland, N.M., Park City, Utah, Pueblo South, Minico, Idaho, Powell, Wyo., Grand Junction Central and Salida.

"Our strength continues to be down low," the coach said. "But what is making a difference is that we're hitting outside shots to spread defenses."

The underclassmen appear to be doing a decent job of spreading defenses as well. The two teams of underclassmen went 17-3 during the weekend.

The Bulldog varsity team left for their final camp of the summer Wednesday in Alamosa. They take a 21-1 record into the camp.

"We'll see a variety of different teams from Kansas, New Mexico, Utah and Colorado," Mortensen said.

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