Girls ball spreads out points

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If what happened in the opening weekend of basketball holds true, opponents won't be able to stop one specific player to beat the Moffat County girls basketball team.

The Bulldogs had three players lead in the scoring on the way to three victories in the Uintah Tournament in Vernal, Utah.

"We need to disperse the scoring, and we did that this weekend," coach Craig Mortensen said. "If we can continue to do that, it would be great."

The Bulldogs opened the season with a 71-34 win against Logan, Utah, on Friday night. They followed it up with a 55-25 defeat of Ogden, Utah, 55-24, on Saturday morning and finished the weekend with a 45-36 win against Wasatch, Utah.

In the first game, senior Mari Katherine Raftopoulos led the Bulldogs with 22 points, and sophomores Angie Charchalis and Markie Workman finished in double figures, with 12 and 14 points, respectively.

In Game 2, Workman led the team with 18 points, while senior Jessica Uecker and junior Cayla Maneotis each had nine.

Uecker led the team with 11 points against Wasatch.

Foul trouble and missed shots down low gave the Bulldogs their only scare of the weekend against Wasatch. Workman had to sit most of the second half with foul trouble, and Wasatch rallied to bring the game within four points in the fourth quarter.

"Wasatch spread us out on defense and took advantage," Mortensen said. "We didn't shoot the ball well that game."

Mortensen said his team did well earning open shots through transition all weekend. He also said the defense created open opportunities. The coach said that improvements are needed before the team's game against Evergreen on Friday.

"We became tired the third game," he said. "We fouled too much on defense so our help-side defense needs to improve."

On Friday, the Bulldog will play their first in-state games against Evergreen. The JV game is scheduled to start at 3 p.m., and the varsity game will begin at 6 p.m.

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