To many people, Mary Katherine Raftopoulos is known simply as "MK." With her ability and affinity to drive to the hoop from the wing, the Moffat County High School junior forward wouldn't mind a new nickname.
"No more 'MK,' just call me 'Slash,'" she said after she scored a season- and team-high 19 points, against Battle Mountain on Saturday.
She was just joking about her nickname change, but teams should take Miss Slash's ability seriously.
Moffat County coach Craig Mortensen said that Raftopoulos' knack to drive and create was key in the Bulldogs' 73-36 win.
"Battle Mountain is big and tough down low and they pushed us around a little bit early," he said. "Once we recognized that, MK started slashing which made their posts step to her. She would either dish or drive, and it opened the game up for us."
Once they worked out how to earn open looks, The Bulldogs scored 23 points in the second quarter after leading 14-8 in the first quarter.
On the other side of the court Moffat's defense continued its stranglehold on the offenses of its Western Slope League foes.
Battle Mountain scored 19 points in the first half and five in the third quarter.
"I don't think they had too many really good post up shots," Mortensen said. " Teams aren't scoring real easily on us."
Eight Bulldogs found a way to score in the game. An offense that nearly scored 100 points last week put more big numbers up.
Senior Brandie Telfer scored right at her average of 18 points while freshmen Markie Workman and Angie Charchalis continued to contribute near double figures. Workman had 10 points and Charchalis had eight. No Husky scored in double figures.
"This game was a lot better for us than the score indicated," Mortensen said. "Battle Mountain made us work hard for a lot of things."
The Bulldogs are 5-0 in WSL play and have a chance to avenge their only loss against Rifle on Friday.