Annie Sadvar, a Moffat County High School sophomore, wrestles for the ball with a Rifle High School player during the third quarter of the girls varsity basketball game Saturday night at MCHS. The Bulldogs fell to the Bears, 64-41.

Photo by Shawn McHugh

Annie Sadvar, a Moffat County High School sophomore, wrestles for the ball with a Rifle High School player during the third quarter of the girls varsity basketball game Saturday night at MCHS. The Bulldogs fell to the Bears, 64-41.

Moffat County girls can’t top 1st-place Rifle team

Moffat County High School girls varsity basketball — 2009-2010

Record: 10-13, 8-5 WSL

Playing Saturday, the Moffat County High School girls varsity basketball team was hoping to rebound from Friday night’s overtime road loss to Glenwood Springs with a win at home.

But first-place Rifle happened to be the visiting team.

The Bears full-court press proved to be too much for the Bulldogs as Moffat County fell, 64-41.

“We just didn’t handle it very well,” MCHS coach Craig Mortensen said. “We didn’t handle the ball well. They are very athletic, quick and took advantage of us.”

Rifle held a 12-8 lead after the first quarter and came to life in the second.

They held the Bulldogs to just five second quarter points and went into halftime with a 29-13 lead.

Rifle coach Stephanie Heald credited the halftime lead to the Bears defense.

“Every single game we come out, we want to put on pressure,” she said. “Defense is the way we get started. Our defense is what pushes our offense.”

That halftime lead expanded to 43-25 at the end of the third quarter.

“We just didn’t show up,” Mortensen said. “They outplayed us at every position. We just have to learn from it and move on.”

Senior Lindsey Yoast led the Bulldogs with 7 points. She shot 5 of 7 from the free throw line.

Junior Lauren Roberts and sophomore Melissa Camilletti each added 6 points.

Rifle’s Cortney Cordova (25 points) and Ciara Euler (18 points) combined to score 43 points.

With the loss, Moffat County dropped to 9-12 overall and 7-5 in the 4A Western Slope League.

The Bears improved to 16-4 overall and 12-0 in league play.

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