MCHS girls win 7th in a row

Game statistics

MCHS 55, Palisade 21

Score by quarter -

Team : 1 : 2 : 3 : 4 : Total

MCHS (12-7) : 19 : 16 : 12 : 8 : 55

PHS (4-15) : 7 : 6 : 5 : 3 : 21

Individual scoring -

MCHS: Cleverly 1 0-0 2, Bauman 2 0-0 6, Snyder 0 0-0 0, Edington 3 2-3 11, Sanchez 5 2-2 14, Hathhorn 1 0-0 2, Nelson 5 0-0 12, Moser 0 0-0 0, Crofts 1 1-2 3, Kawcak 0 1-2 1, Roberts 2 0-0 4. Totals 20 (9) 6-9 55.

PHS: Hays 1 3-5 5, Castleton 0 0-0 0, Routhier 0 1-2 1, Shafer 2 0-2 4, Brown 0 2-2 2, Odneal 3 1-3 7, Peters 0 0-0 0, Barnes 1 0-0 2, Heutzenroeder 0 0-0 0. Totals 7 (0) 7-9 21.

Three-point baskets - Moffat County 9 (Edington 3, Bauman 2, Nelson 2, Sanchez 2); Palisade none.

The old slogan that defense wins ballgames was proven correct.

The Moffat County High School varsity girls basketball team shutdown host Palisade, 55-21, on Saturday, thanks in part to its trademark defense - the full-court press.

"We played really good (defense)," Mortensen said. "Any time you hold a team to 21 points, that's good. We really took away their strengths."

From the opening tip, Moffat County (12-7 overall, 9-1 Western Slope League) pressured Palisade into multiple turnovers, converting the home team's miscues into easy baskets.

"They have some really good size," Mortensen said of Palisade. "We thought, 'Hey, we have to try to spread them out' and we did a good job of it."

By the time the dust had settled on the game's opening quarter, Moffat County was ahead by a dozen.

The lead stretched to 22 points at the half and 29 at the end of the third, as Moffat County ran away to a 34-point victory.

Senior Ariel Sanchez led three Moffat County players in double figures, finishing with a game-high 14 points. Senior Alicia Nelson contributed with 12, and senior Courtney Edington pitched in with 11.

Palisade's leading scorer, Holly Odneal, was held to 8 points less than her 15-point per game season average. She finished with a team-high 7.

Moffat County held Palisade to two field goals the entire second half, limiting the home team to 8 second-half points.

"We were just covering back and surrounding their posts," Mortensen said. "We literally left girls wide open, but we shut them down where we wanted to."

Nine of the 20 field goals made by Moffat County were from downtown.

Moffat County now has won seven consecutive games - including a 45-36 home victory Jan. 17 against Palisade - and holds the tiebreaker advantage against fellow-league leader Glenwood Springs.

The Bulldogs and Demons collide at 6 p.m. Friday at MCHS.

"We're going to keep working on our fundamentals and offense," Mortensen said. "We'll talk about defense and what we need to do to defend them. Other than that, it's the same as always. We aren't going to change much."

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