Moffat County High School junior Lindsey Yoast maneuvers in the post during a game last season against visiting Delta. The Bulldogs lost their 2008-09 season-opener Friday, 48-46, to Ogden High School in Vernal, Utah.

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Moffat County High School junior Lindsey Yoast maneuvers in the post during a game last season against visiting Delta. The Bulldogs lost their 2008-09 season-opener Friday, 48-46, to Ogden High School in Vernal, Utah.

MCHS girls lose season-opener, 48-46

Moffat County High School loses season-opener, 48-46


The Moffat County High School girls varsity basketball team couldn't overcome a 17-point halftime deficit in its season-opener Friday, losing, 48-46, to Ogden High School.

The Bulldogs (0-1 overall, 0-0 Western Slope League) tied the game at 46 with seven seconds remaining in regulation, but a forced turnover by Ogden (2-2 overall, 0-0 Region 11 - 3A Utah) led to the eventual game-winning layup.

"We just played pretty tentative there at the start," MCHS coach Craig Mortensen said. "We played aggressive defense, but not smart defense. We just gave up shot after shot in the paint.

"We were aggressive, but asleep."

By the time the Bulldogs woke up, they found themselves in a 17-point hole.

Moffat County doubled up the Tigers, 14-7, in the third period to cut the deficit to ten points.

MCHS senior Courtney Edington scored 19 of her team-high 23 points in the second half, helping the Bulldogs close the gap - and eventually tie - Ogden, before falling short with less than 10 seconds remaining.

"We started playing correct defense," Mortensen said. "We were playing aggressive, but it was aggressive and smart.

"They didn't quit, they never gave up and they kept working and battling."

Before Wednesday's final tune-up before traveling to the season-opening tournament in Utah, Mortensen said he had a few questions concerning his team.

He wondered which lineup would be most effective; one post, two posts or maybe five guards?

He pondered about who his point guard would be and how deep he could go into his bench.

Some of his questions were answered Friday; others weren't.

Ariel Sanchez started the season-opener at the point, Kylie Bauman at the two-guard, Alicia Nelson and Courtney Edington played the wings, and Danielle Kawcak manned the post.

Sanchez finished with seven points, Bauman five and Nelson three.

"We're going to still tinker with the lineup," Mortensen said. "We need to get some more inside scoring. We got very little from our post in terms of not getting the ball enough, so we'll work on that and adjust.

"Right now, we talk about every possession and handling each possession at a time."

The Bulldogs have a quick turnaround in the four-team tournament.

Moffat County plays Wasatch High School (10:30 a.m.) and North Sanpete High School (1 p.m.) today.


The Bulldogs defeated Ogden, 54-23, in the same tournament last season. : Moffat County lost two games in road tournament games in 2007-08, then won 17 of their next 18 games.

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sickandtired 8 years, 4 months ago

Holy Crap! The Posts didn't get the ball enough! It took him 29 years to figure this out!? You have a guard score 23 points and everybody else very little. Same crap that has gone on every time he coaches, (boys or girls). He loves his little guards and they can shoot the whole game if they want to, he only wants his posts to rebound. Pretty frickin sad that he is still up there. I've never seen anyone else who has managed to waste so much talent that he was lucky enough to have all these years. SOB needs to do everybody a favor and quit coaching!


buck523 8 years, 4 months ago

wow...nice posting. Tell us how you really feel. The amazing thing is he has been exceptionally successful as a coach. I also know him well and find him to be an exceptional man whom I respect.


mamacharch 8 years, 4 months ago

I think that sickandtired's post should be removed.


calvinhobbs 8 years, 4 months ago

It is a little hard when your posts are 5'9" and playing against 6'3". last years post contributed to the team as well as the years before that. He is one of the most respected coaches in the state.


buck523 8 years, 4 months ago

I have recommended his post be removed. He is welcome to his opinion...but can do it decently.


Globe 8 years, 4 months ago

I don't agree with SAD (Sick And tireD) but we should leave his post alone.

In the grand world of highschool sports you have all kinds of people who think they can coach better than those in the position. These are the same people that seldom volunteer their wisdom with the youth sports or contribute any reall knowldege toward furthing the sport in their area.

We all get upset with coaches from time to time. Look at the abuse that the football coach has taken. Sure, he couldn't find a winning season with two hands and a flashlight, but he has succeeded in building good character in a lot of young men.

A lot of times we differ in our approach to a game. Do you believe in the pass or the run? A good defense versus a good offense? Run and gun or halfcourt offense?

I feel that girls have a good program and a pretty good coach, but I've only been following MCHS sports for about 15 years and don't know much. But at the same time I personally witnessed a state championship boys team take the title without a single guy over 6' and they lead a ballanced attack from behind the arch and in the paint. If MCHS girls put all of their eggs in the gaurd basket they won't play for a conference championship this year, because truly great teams finda a way to get the job done regardless of the hand they have been dealt. They will need a strong presence in the key if they want to win this year, even if their tallest player is 5'9".

So in the end, leave the post, tolerate the poster, provide constructive feedback (like Calvin did) and go watch the girls play. It's a rebuilding season and they need your support.


topgame1 8 years, 4 months ago

Wow! It amazes me how dumb some people are. Why don't you make the kids take some responsibility. I mean if we win lets say it was because of the great talent we have, but if we lose lets blame the coach. Talent where? Only one player off of last years team is playing in college the rest just don't have enough talent, yet Coach Mort had a great year. I say great job coach. The back to back academic state championships say all I need to hear about that football program of course they are just loaded w/ talent as well, I mean they have had mabey 3 kids actually play college football over the last decade. Great job coaches keep up the good work.


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