The comforts of home

MCHS beats Fruita Monument by 33 in home opener

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In the first home game of the season for the Moffat County High School girls, basketball coach Craig Mortensen liked the cushy seats that are new to the sideline, and the way his team played helped him fully enjoy the new thrones.

"Tonight we did things just like we practice them," he said. "I liked what I saw."

The Bulldogs used defense in the first half to hold the Fruita Monument Wildcats to 15 points. In the second half, the Moffat offense hit full stride and opened up an eight-point lead into a 66-33 win.

"Good defense gives us confidence," junior Cortney Grandbouche said. "If we play good defense right away it intimidates the other team and the offense eventually works."

For the second game in a row, the Bulldogs pulled away from an opponent in the second half. Moffat turned an 18-point lead after halftime of the Steamboat Springs game into a 33-point win Saturday.

"I didn't think we played that well against Steamboat," Mortensen said. "But tonight we created some good open looks and handled their press well."

The Bulldogs created 23 turnovers against the Class 5A visitors from Fruita.

"We didn't compete tonight," FMHS coach Jeff Miller said. "We didn't hustle on the hustle plays, and on the road you have to be the aggressor."

Miller's squad saw the best the Class 4A Western Slope League has to offer in consecutive games. The Rifle Bears beat the Wildcats, 49-35, a week ago.

"I would really like to see the game between those two teams," Miller said. "They both have great strengths."

The strengths for the Bulldogs that Mortensen had hoped to see more of was balanced scoring. The coach thought his team distributed the points well Tuesday night.

"We've got two players in double digits and another two close," he said.

Senior Brandie Telfer led the Bulldogs with 20 points. Junior Mari Katherine Raftopoulos had her mid-range jumper working as she scored 14 points. Senior Erin Robinson scored six of her eight points in the first quarter when Telfer was being double teamed. Freshman Markie Workman also scored eight points for the Bulldogs.

"We had nine score, so they're finding each other," Mortensen said.

After a break from non-WSL play, the Bulldogs will find themselves back in league play Friday and Saturday.

The 8-1 'Dogs host Delta and Palisade on respective days. The tip off for the games are scheduled for 6:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. respectively.

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