Total domination


Facing a zone defense to start Friday's home game, the Moffat County High School girls basketball team struggled hitting its outside shot in the first couple of minutes.

It didn't matter for the home team.

The Bulldogs grabbed offensive board after offensive board against the Eagle Valley defense, which led to shot opportunity after shot opportunity for MCHS' Markie Workman and Cayla Maneotis.

And while the Bulldogs were taking their time to find their shooting touch, the Devils were struggling to even get a shot up, much less hit the rim.

That did matter for Eagle Valley.

The Bulldogs used turnovers and long rebounds to start the fast break, get lay-ups and get to the line, notably Angie Charchalis.

As the first quarter came to a close, the Bulldogs led 25-3. And it didn't get any better for the Devils, as Moffat County cruised to a 82-27 win.

"We were a lot better than them," Bulldog coach Craig Mortensen said. "... I'm just glad no one got hurt. Everybody got to play, and a lot of people got to score."

And when MacKenzie Maneotis came into the game at the end of the first quarter, beginning of the second quarter and hit two 3-pointers, the Bulldogs' offensive attack was in full swing.

"She's really a shooter, and she's coming around at the right time," Mortensen said.

The Devils had a small rally in the second quarter, as Jeanette Baker and Jackie Eberhard each scored four points.

A balanced attack by the Bulldogs countered that, with Jorgiea Raftopoulos and Amy Dilldine each scoring five points in the frame.

As much of a slaughter as it was in the first half, it only got worse in the third quarter, it looked as if the Bulldogs were doing a lay-up drill via passes from Devil players.

The Devils didn't score until four minutes remained in the half, when Baker stole the ball on a outlet pass two feet away from the basket and put it back in. By then, the score was 56-17.

"It's tough to have your last game be against the No. 2 team in the state," Devil coach Ken Reagan said. "And they proved (they're the No. 2) team tonight."

How big were the Bulldogs leading in the fourth quarter? Moffat County's offensive game plan switched to having the 6-foot-5 center Cayla Maneotis throw three 3-pointers, all of which missed, but may have the biggest cheer of the night.

They were the first 3-point attempts of Cayla's season.

"And maybe of her career," Mortensen said with a laugh. "The girls actually came up with that -- 'Let's get Cayla a 3, let's get Cayla a 3.' So we stuck her out on the corner and tried to screen out for her. And I thought she was going to hit that second one. I thought it was money.

"She came to the bench, and said, 'those are the last 3s I'm ever shooting.' So it was fun. We had a lot of fun."

For the Bulldogs, Cayla Maneotis finished with 14 points, Charchalis had 13, Dilldine 12, Workman 9 and MacKenzie Maneotis 9.

The Bulldogs finish the regular season with 21-2 mark overall, and 13-1 in Western Slope play.

Moffat County will find out its postseason fate on Sunday. They will likely be a top 16 team when the 48 teams are selected for the 4A State Basketball Championships, meaning they would get a first-round bye on Tuesday.

Their next game be on Friday, playing the winner of a Tuesday game. Teams with the higher seed host playoff games, all the way up until the final four, which this year is hosted in Boulder.

If the Bulldogs get a top four seed, they could play all of their playoff games at home until that point.

"We're moving onto what we've been looking forward to since the start of the season," Mortensen said. "Actually, since the end of last season."

Score box

Eagle Valley 3 12 4 8 -- 27

Moffat County 25 18 18 21 -- 82

Eagle Valley

Yvette Parra -- 2

Elena Hernandez -- 2

Kacey Bair -- 4

Miranda Aragon -- 3

Mary Cochrane -- 4

Jackie Eberhard -- 4

Jeannette Baker -- 8

Moffat County

MacKenzie Maneotis -- 9

Angela Charchalis -- 13

Ashleigh Mann -- 6

Jorgiea Raftopoulos --7

Amy Dilldine -- 12

Markie Workman -- 9

Eddie Hutton -- 1

Desirae Pearcey -- 6

Cayla Maneotis -- 14

Kylie Bauman -- 3

Ariel Sanchez -- 2

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