Moffat County High School's Ariel Sanchez goes up for a rebound in an early January home game against Rifle. On Saturday, the Bulldogs easily defeated the home-standing Rifle team, sweeping the season series.

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Moffat County High School's Ariel Sanchez goes up for a rebound in an early January home game against Rifle. On Saturday, the Bulldogs easily defeated the home-standing Rifle team, sweeping the season series.

Bulldogs roll to victory

MCHS girls crush Rifle, 55-29

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— The Moffat County girls basketball team used the momentum from the previous night's decisive victory against Glenwood Springs to propel the Bulldogs to a 55-29 win at Rifle on Saturday.

"We played well (Friday) night. We defended well," Moffat County coach Craig Mortensen said. "Tonight was kind of a struggle getting into it, but I'm happy with the results from the weekend. Very much so."

The visiting Bulldogs controlled the opening tip and, for all intents and purposes, controlled the rest of the game, also.

When senior guard Jorgiea Raftopoulos hit an early 3-pointer to put Moffat County up 5-4, the tide shifted to her team, and it wouldn't let up until the Bulldogs had raced to a 19-7 first-quarter advantage.

Moffat County extended its lead when Amy Dilldine hit a driving left-handed layup to start the second quarter.

The cold-shooting Bears had no answer for the uptempo Bulldogs, and Rifle coach Brad Skinner was forced to use a timeout with his team trailing, 25-10.

Bears senior Megan McWilliams scored on a spin move following the timeout, but Rifle continued to struggle on the offensive end of the court. Skinner attributed his team's offensive woes to a combination of having a flat shooting night and a very good Moffat County defense.

"Moffat was better than us tonight," Skinner said. "We had a cold night shooting the ball, and Moffat really played good defense on us."

It was Moffat County, though, who came out a bit flat to start the second half.

That's when high-energy guard Angela Charchalis gave her team a needed lift.

The senior scored 14 of her team's 23 points in the second half on a variety of drives to the basket and 3-point goals. Charchalis time and again found open teammates for scores and also contributed to the Bulldogs effort in the rebounding department.

Charchalis led the Bulldogs in scoring with 22 points. Rifle was led by Sandy Samson who tallied 6 points.

With the win, Moffat County moved its record to 15-3 overall and 7-1 in the WSL, staying deadlocked with Glenwood for the league's top spot.

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