Bulldogs blowout Sailors

Moffat County girls win, 55-16, against Steamboat Springs

The visiting Bulldogs girls basketball team made Steamboat Springs High School feel like home last night with a 55-16 league victory.

MCHS improved to 3-0 in Western Slope league play and 11-1 overall.

Despite the blowout score, MCHS trailed 6-2 to begin the contest.

Junior Angela Charchalis nailed back-to-back 3-pointers to give the Bulldogs their first lead at 8-6.

Charchalis led all scorers with 26 points on the night.

Steamboat Springs dropped to 0-3, 0-8 on the 2006-07 campaign.

After Charchalis turned a steal into an easy hoop, the red-and-white clad hosts called a timeout with 1:34 remaining in the first quarter. It didn't matter.

Junior Markie Workman sank her first basket of the night and Charchalis added one more to end the first quarter with a 14-8 advantage that the Bulldogs did not surrender.

Charchalis and junior Eddie Hutton made it 18-8 with respective hoops before Steamboat called its second timeout.

Junior MacKenzie Maneotis made 1-of-3 free throws after being fouled behind the three-point line and then hit 2-of-3 shortly thereafter for a 21-8 lead.

Workman followed up her own missed shot with a rebound and put back and Charchalis tallied another trey to give the visiting Bulldogs guests a 26-11 advantage.

Junior Jorgiea Raftopoulos dropped in a 3-pointer of her own to close out the first half 29-11.

Veteran coach Craig Mortensen said his team is trying to get better each and every game, saying the first half was "played poorly."

"I think as the game progressed we did an excellent job of defending," he said. "Overall, they played like they were supposed to."

The Bulldogs came out on fire in the second half and outscored Steamboat 12-2 in the eight-minute frame.

After being held scoreless in the first half, 6-foot-5 senior Cayla Maneotis hit her first hoop of the third quarter.

"The first half was disappointing and it seems like all of my easy shots just didn't fall," Maneotis said with a smile afterward.

Charchalis and Workman paced MCHS in the 12-2 run as Steamboat coach John Ameen continued to pace the sidelines.

Bulldog juniors Desirae Pearcey and Amy Dilldine finished out the quarter with hoops to head into the final eight-minutes of play with a 41-13 lead.

The Charchalis and Workman show continued in the fourth quarter as they combined to score the team's first 10 points.

With less than four minutes to play, Mortensen began to play his bench.

Junior Chantae Cook scored a quick two from an inbounds pass and sophomore Courtney Edington contributed three points to close out the 55-16 league victory.

"They are solid defensively," Ameen said. "Overall, they are a good defensive team. We had our opportunities at some open shots early in the game, but they just didn't fall."

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