Eighth-graders nab championship

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The eighth-grade girls basketball A-team was able to score an undefeated season with defense and rebounding, according to coach Norm Yoast.

Although that makes it sound as if the games weren't too exciting to watch, the team's speed provided fans with plenty of thrills.

"Everybody on the team is fast," Yoast said. "We got up and down the court quickly and had a lot of fast-break points."

On the defensive side of things, the Bulldogs held opponents to less than 20 points in all but one game.

The Bulldogs defeated Steamboat Springs, 41-11, in the first round of the district tournament Saturday in Craig.

In the championship game the girls defeated Meeker, 25-16.

Meeker defeated the Bulldogs twice in seventh grade, but the Bulldogs' improvement this year allowed them to win all three games against the Cowgirls.

As seventh-graders, the team had three losses going into the district tournament and upset the undefeated Cowgirls in the district championship.

"They really improved their shooting and shot selection this year," Yoast said.

"They were a balanced team, because almost every night we had a different leading scorers."

Yoast said his group also played well as a team.

"We emphasized that they have fun," he said. "When they had fun as a team they played well."

The A-team finished with a 9-0 record. The eighth-grade B-team finished with a 6-2 record.

David Pressgrove can be reached at 824-7031 or dpressgrove@craigdailypress.com.

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