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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