JV, frosh teams share in success

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The Western Slope League can't figure out how to beat the Moffat County girls basketball teams.

The varsity team finished the season 14-0 against WSL teams, the JV team was 9-0 and the freshman team was 9-0 against freshman opponents.

To be fair to the other teams in the league, the freshman team did lose, but they were to JV teams.

"All of our losses were to JV teams," freshman coach Jeff Simon said.

The freshman girls finished the season 15-4.

The freshman team had the benefit of keeping the same 10 girls all season. That helped the team grow together, Simon said.

"They really developed as a team," he said. "As the season went on, they learned to play together."

The Bulldogs finished 6-4 against JV teams, and Simon picked out a couple of those wins as highlights for the season.

"Hayden's JV team was bigger than us and appeared to be more athletic than us and we beat them," he said. "We prepared all week for a bigger and quicker Eagle Valley team that we ended up beating easily."

To prepare for next year, Simon said the girls he coached needed to get stronger and work for more court experience.

"Teams that beat us had more game experience," he said. "If the girls play this summer and work hard, they'll have similar success next year."

JV does the hustle

The JV team's success was similar to the other two teams in the program.

The team finished 16-3, with all three losses coming before Christmas break against JV teams that had players turn around and start varsity games an hour later.

"We essentially lost to varsity teams," coach Matt Ray said. "Our closest league games were against Delta, but they had nearly the same varsity and JV teams."

Ray said he never had to remind his players to hustle.

"They were always running up and down the court," he said. "Sometimes they were a bit out of control, but I could always count on them to hustle."

Five of the seven varsity players are underclassmen this year, so this year's JV players won't have to step up and provide immediate playing time, but they will provide important depth next year.

"The girls need to learn how to make the smartest pass before they can play at the next level," Ray said. "We turned the ball over too much."

Other than turnovers, Ray said he was happy with the way the team defended, ran the offense and found ways to score.

"I really can't complain," he said. "We had nine girls who came out and played well every game."

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