Palisade Palisade coach Jay Muller said Thursday he was looking forward to the Friday night visit by the Moffat County girls basketball team.
Palisade was sitting in second place, Moffat third, in a match up for positioning in the Western Slope League.
Be careful what you look forward to.
Moffat County (10-3 overall, 3-1 WSL) proved to be the superior team Friday, using it's staple full-court press defense to break out to a 15-0 lead and eventually cruise to a 71-31 victory to reclaim second place in the league.
"We jumped on them early," Moffat coach Craig Mortensen said. "It helps when you have a full contingent of kids. We filled all the positions on the floor tonight very well."
Palisade (6-6 overall, 3-1 WSL) turned the ball over eight times in the games' first four minutes, providing Moffat with a 19-point lead at the end of the first quarter.
"We couldn't match the speed of their guards at all," Muller said. "We didn't compete enough, and it got us into a bad rhythm."
Moffat County pushed its lead to 28 at the half and 33 at the end of the third, before eventually winning by 40 points.
Moffat County and Palisade each have three league wins, but Friday's results placed the tiebreaker firmly in Moffat's hands.
"Yeah, of course it's nice to be in first," Moffat County senior Markie Workman said. "But we want to win the league. What is important is the league title, not second."
Angie Charchalis led the Moffat attack, scoring 20 points even though she sat much of the fourth quarter because of the inflated score.
Workman tallied 13 off of the bench, and Amy Dilldine slashed her way to seven points.
Workman is recovering from an injured ankle, and she doesn't mind not starting until she is fully recovered.
"I'm almost at a 10," she said, describing how her ankle feels. "I'll be fine."
Mortensen hinted Workman might start today, when the Bulldogs travel to face Delta.
"You can feel the impact when she's in the game," Mortensen said of Workman. "We'll see how she feels tomorrow, but every one on this team played great tonight. You can't ask for more than that."
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