Moffat County girls conquer Eagle County

Bulldogs roll through Battle Mountain, complete weekend sweep



Score by quarter:

MCHS (4-5): 17 (1st), 20 (2nd), 20 (3rd), 16 (4th), 73 (final)

BMHS (0-10): 2 (1st), 9 (2nd), 0 (3rd), 8 (4th), 19 (final)

Individual scoring:

MCHS: Cleverly 1 0-5 2, Bauman 3 0-0 8, Snyder 0 0-0 0, Edington 7 2-4 19, Sanchez 4 3-4 11, Hathhorn 0 0-0 0, Nelson 2 3-4 8, Moser 2 0-0 4, Crofts 4 1-1 9, Yoast 2 1-1 5, Kawcak 1 3-6 5, Roberts 1 0-2 2. Totals 27 (6) 13-28 73.


Three-point baskets - Moffat County 6 (Edington 3, Bauman 2, Nelson); Battle Mountain N/A

Sure, the Bulldog girls varsity basketball team has a revamped roster.

They started the season below .500 for the first time in more than a decade, suffered a 43-point defeat and don't have a player on their roster averaging double-digits in scoring.

But one thing has proven to be a constant.

Year in and year out, Moffat County travels to Eagle County and wins a few lopsided games.

This year was no different.

The Bulldogs (5-5 overall, 2-0 Western Slope League) rolled over Battle Mountain, 73-19, Saturday to climb back to .500 on the season.

"We ran our offense pretty decent," MCHS coach Craig Mortensen said. "We had a pretty good balance of inside-outside, and we went to the line a lot. If we had a decent time at the free throw line, man, the score is in the 90s."

Battle Mountain (0-11 overall, 0-2 WSL) had troubles from the game's opening tip.

The Bulldogs pressed Huskies in the first quarter to the tone of a 17-2 lead and never looked back.

Senior Courtney Edington tallied a game-high 19 to lead a balanced Moffat County attack.

Senior Ariel Sanchez scored 11, Danette Crofts pitched in nine, while Alicia Nelson and Kylie Bauman finished with eight points each.

"We played every girl on the roster (Saturday)," Mortensen said. "And just about every one of them scored."

Mortensen called the dogs off after the first quarter, but Battle Mountain was clearly rattled.

Moffat County led, 37-11, at the half and stretched the lead to more than 40 points after holding the Huskies scoreless in the third quarter.

"We stopped pressing after the first quarter," Mortensen said. "We switched to a man-to-man, a zone, and just mixed it up. We didn't pressure them. Sometimes things just go that way."

The 54-point victory came a day after a 25-point win at Eagle Valley, completing the Eagle County sweep yet again.

Next up for the Bulldogs is a 6 p.m. contest Tuesday against visiting Grand Junction (3-7 overall, 0-0 Southwestern Conference - 5A).


Battle Mountain has been outscored by at least 20 points in each of its 11 losses. : The Bulldogs shot 46 percent from the free-throw line. : Moffat County swept the Huskies and Devils by a combined score of 129-50, closely matching 2007 (160-60), 2006 (147-61) and 2005 (133-67).


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