Maddy Jourgensen puts up a shot against Palisade High School defenders during the girls varsity basketball game Saturday at Moffat County High School. The Bulldogs won, 47-26.

Photo by Shawn McHugh

Maddy Jourgensen puts up a shot against Palisade High School defenders during the girls varsity basketball game Saturday at Moffat County High School. The Bulldogs won, 47-26.

MCHS girls basketball wins during weekend

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Moffat County High School girls varsity basketball — 2009-2010

Record: 10-13, 8-5 WSL

Having individuals stand out is one thing, but having a whole team effort was what Moffat County High School girls varsity basketball coach Craig Mort­ensen wanted.

On Saturday, his team delivered.

The Bulldogs topped Palisade, 47-26, at home, to give them two straight league wins for the weekend.

“I feel like they are starting to come around,” Mortensen said. “They are playing together better.”

Against Palisade, Moffat County never trailed and built up an 8-5 lead after the first quarter, and 19-12 at halftime.

“We were jovial before the game but came out kind of sluggish,” Mortensen said. “In the second half, the passes were better, and they made some adjustments.”

Moffat County was able to adjust to Palisade’s zone defense and spread the ball around better as the game went on, Mortensen added.

The team also cashed in on second-chance opportunities to build a 36-18 lead entering the fourth quarter.

Annie Sadvar had 13 points and 10 rebounds, Amanda Snyder had 11 points, Lindsey Yoast had 6 points and six rebounds and Lauren Roberts had 6 points and five rebounds.

Melissa Camilletti had 6 points, Justine Hathhorn had 3 points and Maddy Jourgensen added 2.

Nike Cleverly had five assists and four steals.

But for a second straight night, it was points the Bulldogs didn’t allow that drew the attention of their coach.

“They were working hard on defense,” Mortensen said. “Holding someone to 20 points is hard.”

In a weekend where Moffat County helped itself by winning at home, Palisade boosted Moffat County’s postseason chances by knocking off second-place Steamboat Springs, 35-34, on Friday night.

“Now, we just need to take care of our business,” Mortensen said. “If we are in second place, then we can get into the postseason.”

The team will play Glenwood Springs on Friday in Glenwood, then return Saturday for a home match-up with first-place Rifle.

Notes

The Moffat County High School girls junior varsity team won, 60-24, with Maddy Jourgensen scoring 23 points … The MCHS girls freshmen team went 3-0 at the Eagle Valley tournament, beating Fruita, Middle Park and Delta … In its past four games, Moffat County has averaged 52 points, while holding opponents to 33 points per game.

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