Something to play for

Girls shooting for a top seed in state tourney

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The Western Slope League title has belonged to the Moffat County girls basketball team since the first weekend of February. Yet, coach Craig Mortensen thinks his team has just as much to play for in the final weekend of the regular season as it did two weeks ago.

"We will look a lot better at 21-1 than 19-3," he said. "We still have a lot to play for."

A new 48-team bracket format this year for Class 4A basketball has eliminated the district tournament. Instead of heading to Grand Junction for another round of games against WSL teams next week, the Bulldogs will be preparing for the playoffs.

The seeding for the 48-team bracket will depend on factors including overall record, record for the past 10 games and strength of schedule.

"You never know what the Western Slope is going to get," Mortensen said. "We have to play the best we can and see what happens."

Moffat County made its case for a higher seed with two victories during the weekend. They defeated Delta,71-25, and Palisade, 66-43.

"Teams are having a tough time scoring against us," Mortensen said. "We will eventually score, so if we are stopping teams, we'll win."

Against Delta, senior Brandie Telfer led the way with 18 points. Freshman Angie Charchalis followed with 15 points, 11 in the second quarter. Sophomore Cayla Maneotis had 10 points.

In the game against Palisade, Mari Katherine Raftopoulos and Telfer scored 16, the only Bulldogs in double figures.

"We stayed within our game (this weekend)," Mortensen said. "Everybody did their part and did it well."

The girls improved to 19-1 overall and 12-0 in the WSL. Their final two games are against Eagle Valley on Friday and Battle Mountain on Saturday. The Devils played Moffat close in a 52-33 loss in the first meeting. Battle Mountain was in the game through the first quarter.

"We have a lot of incentive to play well," Mortensen said.

The seeds will be released Sunday by the Colorado State High School Activities Association.

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