Girls pull away after slow start

For one quarter, everyone saw a glance of what it was like when no one on the Moffat County girls basketball team is playing well.

Then it was back to what the No. 4 team in Class 4A has done all year -- dominate its opponents.

The 16-0 Bulldogs missed 14 shots in the first quarter against Palisade and went into the second quarter with a 9-8 lead.

The rest of the game was all Moffat as the team started hitting shots from outside and pulled away for a 66-33 win.

"We knew if we had a chance, we were going to need to keep it low scoring," Palisade coach Jay D. Muller said. "We attacked the first quarter, but then the ball stopped rolling our way, and Moffat became more aggressive."

Palisade's strength this season has been the effort of its post players. Abby Diers and Kaitlyn Edminston took on Moffat's duo of Markie Workman and Cayla Maneotis all evening. Diers was the only one of the four players to reach double digits, with 10 points.

It was the first time this season that Workman or Maneotis scored in double digits.

"They battled with us down low," Moffat coach Craig Mor--tensen said. "We had to make some adjustments because other league teams hadn't done that, as well."

The adjustment was to get the ball in the perimeter players' hands.

Moffat's three starting guards, Angie Charchalis, Mari Kath--erine Raftopoulos and Jessica Uecker combined for 41 of the team's points.

Raftopoulos had a season-high 22 points.

"MK is always on the move, and she really makes girls guard her," Mortensen said. "She was our answer tonight."

After leading 27-16 at halftime, Moffat County pulled away in the second half. The Western Slope League leaders outscored Palisade 39-17 in the second half. The loss dropped Delta to 4-4 in the league and 9-6 overall.

Moffat County faces Delta at 4 p.m. today.

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