MCHS boys, girls host Eagle Valley at end of regular season

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The Moffat County High School basketball teams wrap up their regular season at home today against Eagle Valley.

With the postseason tournament selection taking place Sunday, today's games offer the Bulldogs the last opportunity to impress the selection committee and hopefully to earn a home game when the playoffs begin Tuesday for the girls and Wednesday for the boys.

First things first, though: Moffat County needs to beat the Devils.

Girls basketball

Tip-off - 6 p.m. today

Moffat County won the first game between these two teams Jan. 9 in Gypsum by 25 points (56-31).

Today should be no different.

Moffat County is averaging nearly 50 points a game on offense and has outscored its competition by more than 10 points per game this season (49.1-38.6).

Eagle Valley has been outscored by an average margin of victory of 7 ppg, 51.1-44.0, on its way to an 8-13 overall record, 6-7 in Western Slope League play.

The Bulldogs have won nine of their past 10 games to improve to 14-8 overall, 11-2 WSL.

"Obviously, a win looks a lot better than a loss," MCHS coach Craig Mortensen said about closing the season on a high note and making a good impression on the selection committee. "We just have to take care of business, and the rest will fall into place.

"Eagle Valley is getting better. They've played teams close, so we can't overlook them in any way."

Kacey Bair (9.7 ppg) and Yvette Parra (7.6 ppg) lead the Devils' offense.

Moffat County starters Ariel Sanchez (9.4 ppg), Courtney Edington, (8.6 ppg), Alicia Nelson (8.1 ppg), Danette Crofts (6.2 ppg) and Kylie Bauman (5.2 ppg) each contribute to a balanced Bulldogs attack.

Class 4A Western Slope League girls basketball standings:

Team : Conf. : Overall

Glenwood Springs : 12-1 : 17-3

Moffat County : 11-2 : 14-8

Rifle : 9-4 : 14-7

Delta : 6-7 : 7-11

Eagle Valley : 6-7 : 8-13

Palisade : 5-8 : 5-17

Steamboat Springs : 3-10 : 6-15

Battle Mountain : 0-13 : 0-22

Boys basketball

Tip-off - 7:30 p.m. today

Like the girls team, the boys team ran over Eagle Valley in their first meeting this year, a 69-36 win Jan. 9 in Gypsum.

Despite having a stronger team on paper, Bulldogs coach Steve Maneotis said games are won and lost on the court, not in print.

"We just have to win," he said. "We're going to play as strong a game as possible. It's just a matter of, 'Let's get the win, secure our season and let our numbers speak for themselves.'"

With a win against the Devils tonight, the Bulldogs would have some impressive numbers for the selection committee to look over.

Moffat County has three wins against teams that were ranked in the top 10 at one time or another this season (Steamboat Springs, Cortez and Lewis-Palmer.)

"If we can seed out at an eight or higher, we would have the opportunity to host a home game," Maneotis said. "But, being an eight seed, you have to turn around and play a one seed on the road. It depends where we end up."

That includes beating the Devils tonight.

The Bulldogs have accumulated a 14-8 overall record, 10-3 in the Western Slope, by outscoring the opposition by an average of 61.7-52.2, or almost 10 points per game.

The Devils (4-18 overall, 2-11 WSL) enter having lost 11 of their past 13 games, averaging 41.9 ppg on offense, while allowing 62.7 ppg on defense.

Cesar Castillo (10.7 ppg) and Willie Magdziuk (10.3 ppg) lead the Eagle Valley offense.

Bulldogs senior Chayton Owens leads the league in scoring, averaging 20.2 ppg.

Kelton Willbanks (9.2 ppg), Collin Jackson (8.4 ppg), Thomas Noble (7.8 ppg) and Mike Peters (7.2 ppg) round out the MCHS starting five.

Class 4A Western Slope League boys basketball standings:

Team : Conf. : Overall

Glenwood Springs : 12-1 : 16-6

Steamboat Springs : 11-2 : 15-6

Moffat County : 10-3 : 14-8

Delta : 6-7 : 8-10

Palisade : 5-8 : 5-17

Rifle : 3-10 : 7-14

Battle Mountain : 3-10 : 3-18

Eagle Valley : 2-11 : 4-18

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