Moffat County High School girls basketball player Ariel Sanchez sets up for a shot during Tuesday's game against Steamboat Springs at Moffat County High School. The Bulldogs visit Glenwood Springs on Friday before returning for a home game against Rifle on Saturday.

Photo by Hans Hallgren

Moffat County High School girls basketball player Ariel Sanchez sets up for a shot during Tuesday's game against Steamboat Springs at Moffat County High School. The Bulldogs visit Glenwood Springs on Friday before returning for a home game against Rifle on Saturday.

'A legitimate threat'

Bulldogs girls face off against conference rival Glenwood on Friday

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Moffat County at Glenwood Springs

When: 6 p.m. Friday

Records: Moffat County (7-2 overall, 1-0 in league); Glenwood Springs (7-2 overall, 1-0 in league)

Bulldogs key to the game: Keeping defensive pressure on the Glenwood players but staying out of foul trouble

Rifle at Moffat County

Time: 6 p.m. Saturday

Records: Rifle (3-6 overall, 0-1 league)

Bulldogs key to the game: Slow Rifle's 3-point shooting attack and control the defensive boards

— The Moffat County High School girls basketball team will be without one of its leading scorers and rebounders this weekend in games against Glenwood Springs and Rifle.

After injuring her right ankle in warmups before Tuesday's 62-19 victory against Steamboat Springs, post player Markie Workman is out for the Western Slope games Friday and Saturday, and possibility the weekend after that.

"We'll be short one of our really good players," coach Craig Mortensen said, "but I'm sure someone will step up," noting Desirae Pearcey, Jorgiea Raftopoulos and Amy Dilldine.

Short-handed or not, Mortensen said Friday's opponent, Glenwood Springs (7-2 overall, 1-0 league), is a "legitimate threat" to the visiting Bulldogs (7-2 overall, 1-0 league).

"They are capable of beating us," he said.

Moffat County split the series last year, losing in Glenwood and winning at home thanks in part to some late game heroics courtesy of guard Angie Charchalis.

Despite the Demons losing two seniors to graduation, Mortesnen expects a tough matchup this go-round, as well.

"I think they are one of the top teams in the league," he said.

The Demons are paced by the Selsor sisters. Sharaya Selsor is averaging 22.1 points per game, and Katrina is garnering 12 points per game.

Mortensen also pointed out the play of 6-foot-1 Kelsie Hert (12.3 points and a team-leading 7.9 rebounds) as a player the Bulldogs need to contain.

"They're skilled players," Mortensen said. "That is the main thing, and they're well-coached, too.

"We need to be able to stop them defensively," he added. "We need to be able to defend them without putting them on the free-throw line."

Saturday's home contest against Rifle (3-6 overall, 0-1 in league) will present a different challenge to the Bulldogs, a team that likes to shoot the long ball.

According to rockypreps.com, Rifle hits 3s at a 52 percent clip.

"They will spread it out, shoot 3s and go after the rebound," the coach said.

Megan McWilliams leads Rifle in scoring and rebounds, at 9.8 points and 10.0 boards. Quincey Snyder follows at 8.7 points a game and 5.1 rebounds.

The Bulldogs will counter in both games with Charchalis, Pearcey, Raftopoulos and Dilldine in the starting lineup, with either Sanchez or Alicia Nelson rounding out the fifth spot.

"We're going to have to score with a variety of players," the coach said. "We can't just rely on Angie."

With Workman out, the Bulldogs will use more of a four-guard lineup, instead of the three-guard scheme they used with the post player in.

"We have the (three-guard) sets already," Mortensen said. "We'll just have to use them more and adjust."

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