GYPSUM -- Despite its 4-5 record, the Eagle Valley High School girls basketball team worried Moffat County coach Craig Mortensen.
The Devils had size inside, athletic ability outside and they liked to press. All are attributes that matched up well against his Bulldogs.
"Mort told us that if we didn't play well, we wouldn't win," senior Brandie Telfer said. "They are a team in the league that could surprise people."
On Friday night, Mortensen's team quelled his fears by playing fundamental basketball in a 52-33 win.
"(Mortensen) was happy with the way we played in the second half," Telfer said. "We had a lot of turnovers in the first half, but in the second half we found more openings."
Moffat County led 25-14 at halftime, but 11 points wasn't enough to be comfortable.
"We needed to get out in transition more," junior guard Jessica Uecker said. "We needed to make them guard us instead of getting caught in their press."
The Bulldogs kept their distance throughout the third quarter. Then, with two minutes left in the third, the visitors tried out a press of their own. The full-court defense resulted in a 7-0 run and put the game out of reach with a 40-24 lead at the end of the quarter.
Things didn't get better for the Devils when senior center Kenzie Shreeve picked up her fourth foul with 7 minutes, 16 seconds left in the game.
The Bulldogs trailed once when the Devils scored the first basket of the game.
Uecker, freshman Angie Charchalis and junior Mary Katherine Raftopoulos each had at least one 3-pointer to expand the Devil's zone in the first half.
In the first meeting of the teams in December, the Devils played in a 1-3-1 zone. On Friday, they tried a 2-3 zone.
"We were a little more comfortable against the 2-3 because we see if more," Telfer said.
The Bulldogs improved to 11-1 and 4-0 in the Western Slope.
The Devils dropped to 4-6 and 1-3 in WSL play.
The Bulldogs are back at home today to host Battle Mountain. That game is scheduled for a 5 p.m. tipoff.