Off to a hot start

Moffat County girls basketball goes 3-0 during play at Uintah Classic


The Moffat County girls basketball team is off to a hot start this season.

The Bulldogs played their way to a 3-0 record at the Uintah Classic basketball tournament in Vernal, Utah on Friday and Saturday.

First up for Moffat County was Wasatch, Utah on Friday night. The Bulldogs played to a 20-12 half time lead against the Wasps. The third quarter was matched a little more evenly as each team scored nine points. But, the Wasps were never able to overcome their first half deficit and the Bulldogs went on to a 43-32 victory.

Junior Angie Charchalis led all scorers with 16 points and senior Cayla Maneotis chipped in 10. Wasatch's Alyson Baird led the Wasps' attack, scoring 11 points.

"Wasatch was really tough," Charchalis said.

Coach Craig Mortensen said he was pleased with the way things turned out because going in to the tournament, teams are not guaranteed anything.

"Everyone contributed," Mortensen said.

On Saturday, the Bulldogs got an early start, playing a 9 a.m. match-up with Logan, Utah. The Bulldogs handed Logan a 47-32 loss and got a short break before their second game of the day.

Again, Charchalis led the Bulldogs in scoring with 20 points.

The Bulldogs had good and bad moments in the first half, Mortensen said.

"In the first half we struggled with fouls and from the line," Mortensen said. "But the second half we shut them down."

Mortensen said the tempo of the game was more upbeat, but the Bulldogs never let down. Up 26-15 at halftime, they led the entire game.

The Bulldogs' 1 p.m. game with Ogden, Utah was nothing like the fast-paced Logan game.

"They (Ogden) used a really deliberate dribble weave out front," Mortensen said. "They were trying to keep the score close."

The Bulldogs completed their trifecta weekend by beating the Tigers 45-16.

"It was a low scoring game, and it is every time we play them," Mortensen said. "It's almost like they don't try and score."

The Bulldogs pulled out a 17-10 half time lead and used contributions from each player to come away with the win.

Charchalis chipped in 18 points in the victory.

A challenge for the Bulldogs this weekend was filling the shoes of junior Markie Workman who became ill Saturday morning.

"Sure it hurts (losing Markie)," Mortensen said. "She's a fine player, one of our stalwarts. The good thing is that the other kids picked it up and were able to be successful."

Starting in place of Workman was Desirae Pearcy.

"She plays well and has solid defense," Mortensen said.

Along with Pearcy, Eddie Hutton and Amy Dilldine saw time on the floor this weekend.

"Eddie came off the bench and played really well for us," Mortensen said. "She helps the team in a lot of different ways."

Although Hutton may not fill the stat box as often as some, she is always working hard and doing good things on the floor, Mortensen said.

After a so-so showing in scrimmage play during the past weekend, the Bulldogs fine tuned their game and were able to execute on what needed work this week, he added.

"We ran our offense better," Mortensen said. "And the intensity was there."

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