Moffat County's Britteny Ivers goes in for a layup during Tuesday's game against Meeker. The Bulldogs defeated the Cowboys, 62-34, behind Ivers' 18 points.

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Moffat County's Britteny Ivers goes in for a layup during Tuesday's game against Meeker. The Bulldogs defeated the Cowboys, 62-34, behind Ivers' 18 points.

MCHS defends home court

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Midway through the second quarter in the MCHS freshman girls basketball game Tuesday, a Cowboys guard attempted to set a screen against Bulldog Britteny Ivers.

Ivers blasted her opponent to the floor, stole the ball and hit Lauren Roberts with a pass on the fly.

Roberts laid the ball in, and Moffat led, 22-6.

Ballgame.

"We like to play aggressive," Ivers said. "What's the worst thing that could happen? I get a foul? I'll take it."

Moffat County took it to visiting Meeker, 62-34, on Tuesday evening, whizzing by the Cowboys in a blur resembling the successes of the varsity team.

The Bulldogs (15-2) highly resembled Craig Mortensen's unit.

The press.

The post.

The perimeter.

Moffat's full-court press defense choked the Cowboys from the onset.

Its post combination of Ivers and Roberts almost combined to outscore the entire Meeker squad, tallying 26 points together down low.

The Bulldogs perimeter players - Justine Hathhorn, Maddy Jourgensen, Nike Cleverly and Callie Papoulas - constantly harassed the Cowboys backcourt rotation into turnovers and dished out dimes into the post.

Cleverly may have completed the most fancy play of the evening.

The guard made a spectacular jump-tip pass to a streaking Ivers to push the lead to 30 points late in the third period.

"Lately I've been thinking pass first," Cleverly said. "Coach tells me to have more confidence, but I always seem to get nervous."

She didn't show it, finishing with 14 points.

Ivers was the game-high scorer with 18 points in the Bulldog romp. Roberts added eight.

"The girls all played well," coach Matt Ray said. "Anytime you win by 30 points, you've got to be happy."

First-year Meeker coach Jamie Rogers was pleased with her team despite the defeat.

"I'm really happy with how the girls responded," she said. "There was no quit in these girls tonight. You have to have a lot of heart in this game of basketball, and these girls do."

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