Battling for the top

Bulldogs face top two competitors for league champs

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Their last showdown was a heart-stopper.

This this time around, Moffat County girls basketball coach Craig Mortensen hopes the game is not as close.

On Jan. 5, the Bulldogs, (14-1 overall, 6-0 in Western Slope play) defeated Glenwood Springs, 43-41, at Moffat County High School. Friday, the team heads to Demon territory for its second match-up of the season.

"When you hold somebody to 40 points, you have got to win by 15 or 20," Mortensen said. "Or we'd like to."

To do this, he said his team needs to be consistent for four quarters.

And it will have to keep a lock down on Glenwood's two leading scorers, Sharaya Selsor and Sam Ciani.

"The girls know Glenwood is a good team, and so is Rifle," Mortensen said.

Senior Cayla Maneotis, who is coming off a big game at Eagle Valley, said the Bulldogs need to carry momentum into this weekend's lineup.

"We need to defend the ball screens," she said. "In the past, they did a lot of ball screens."

Like Mortensen, Maneotis hopes to jump on Glenwood early and stay on top.

"Last time we only beat them by two points," Maneotis said, "so we need to try to get them by more."

Maneotis said this weekend's games determine the league champs, with Rifle sitting one game behind the Bulldogs and Glenwood Springs behind by two games. Rifle, who has beat Glenwood Springs, has its only loss has come from Moffat County.

"It's going to be a fun game but teams are on our heels as far as win/loss record," Mortensen said, "so it's critical to maintaining our standing in league play."

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