Potential to do great things

Ten-day stretch leaves Bulldogs hungry for action

It's been 10 days since the Moffat County girls basketball team has had a game, 10 long days.

"We haven't had any competition besides ourselves," junior Eddie Hutton said.

The Bulldogs (0-0 league, 4-0 overall) re-start their competitive juices this weekend with a trip to Evergreen on Saturday for a showdown with the Cougars.

"They only lost two seniors," Hutton said. "We've played them before, but I don't know a lot about them."

Coach Craig Mortensen does.

"They have a good, big post (player)," he said. "They're fast and up-tempo."

Mortensen isn't thrilled that his team has had a 10-day lapse in games. Even so, he said it could be a blessing in disguise.

"We have to make the best of practice time, and we've had time to work on things," Mortensen said. "We just have to deal with it, use what we've got and turn it into a positive."

Mortensen said his biggest concern is that the team overlooked the Cougars because of the Bulldogs' invitation to the Nike Tournament of Champions in Chandler, Ariz.

The Nike Tournament of Champions begins Monday and continues through Thurs-day. The Bulldogs will play four games, with only their first opponent being known.

Moffat County faces Fairfax Senior High School, from Los Angeles. The Lions (0-0, 1-2) are a team comprised of mostly sophomores and juniors, and, like Moffat County, the Lions have two seniors on their roster.

In two losses, the Lions have a combined deficit of 27 points, and their lone win was by 29 points over New Roads High School from Santa Monica, Calif.

In their four wins, the Bulldogs are averaging 45.8 points, 31 rebounds and 11.3 steals per game.

Hutton said the team is excited for the opportunity to play in such a prestigious tournament.

"It'll be good experience for us," Hutton said. "If we go down there and beat some teams, the larger schools will realize that smaller schools have the potential to do great things."

Melanie McDaniels can be reached at 824-7031, ext. 211, or mmcdaniels@craigdailypress.com.

Player notes

Senior center Cayla Maneotis is averaging 7.5 rebounds per game and 6.3 points per game, in four games.

Junior forward Markie Workman has two games under her belt and is averaging 7.5 rebounds per game and 10 ppg.

Junior guard Angie Charchalis is averaging a team-high 17 ppg and 4.3 steals per game through the first four contests.

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