Putting it all together.
That has been coach Scott Parker's theme for his Moffat County High School boys basketball team this week as Christmas break has ended and practice resumed.
After watching his team play strong in stretches against tough competition in the Bulldogs' first seven games, Parker is looking for MCHS to come together when Glenwood Springs visits town Friday to kickoff Western Slope league play. Game time is 7:30 p.m.
The Bulldogs then head to Rifle on Saturday for a 5:30 p.m. tip-off against the Bears.
"They're league games, so the importance of the games are really a lot greater than in the preseason," Parker said.
Glenwood Springs is 6-3 in non-league play, and beat Moffat County twice last year.
"They are definitely a solid opponent," Parker said. "They have a big kid inside, Ryan Foraker, who's about 6-foot-6, and I think he's the focal point of their offense. They've got a new coach this year, so I'm not sure if they've switched things up. Last year, they slowed things down."
Foraker has been the Demons most consistent offensive player, scoring in double figures most games, averaging 12.6 points per game. Kevin Warkinton, who is averaging 10 points per game, and Cody Nelson, 7 points per game, are Glenwood's other leading scorers, but have been inconsistent in their scoring output.
Parker said Rifle, 3-3 in non-league play, lacks size and expects the Bears will try to use their speed in the game.
The Bears are led by Scott and Tyler Rust, who average 20.2 and 15.2 points per game, respectively.
The Bulldogs went 2-5 in non-league play. Despite the losing record, Parker is encouraged by the team's improved play.
"One of biggest things that hurt us before Christmas break was giving up transition points," he said, "but in our last game ... we gave up zero points in transition. That is what I like about this team -- they're definitely willing to work on areas that they need to work on, and I feel good about how we're working right now."
Due to possible injuries, Parker couldn't confirm Friday's starting line-up, but said it could include J.T. Haddan, Eli Buckner, Mike Peters and Evan Hertzog. Other possible starters include post players Kaleb McKey and Andrew Magas.
"They (McKey and Magas) both have ankle injuries, so we'll see where their progress is at later in the week," Parker said.
The coach is looking for solid efforts from all of his players.
"When we're playing well, everyone is involved and our scoring is pretty spread out," Parker said. "If we play defense and rebound well, we'll be able to get out on the break and play our game.
"We're best when we run, so we need to make sure we run more."