MCHS girls varsity basketball box score versus Centaurus
1st quarter 2nd 3rd 4th Final
6 9 11 10 36
15 19 13 9 56
Although the Moffat County High School girls varsity team lost, 56-36, Friday against Centaurus, MCHS coach Craig Mortensen said he sees a brighter future ahead for the Bulldogs.
“I’ve had teams that went further (into the playoffs), and I’ve had teams with better records,” he said. “But I don’t think I’ve ever had a team that made as much progress as this team.”
Playing Friday night at the gym of the Lou Piel Divison’s No. 1 seed, Centaurus was able to bounce the Bulldogs from the Class 4A state tournament.
The Bulldogs beat John F. Kennedy High School on Tuesday to advance to the second round of the playoffs.
“Turnovers hurt us in the first half,” Mortensen said. “But they have been our nemesis all year.”
Centaurus built a 15-6 lead after the first quarter of play.
MCHS senior Amanda Snyder was able to keep the Bulldogs close with two clutch 3-pointers in the first frame, but the Warriors’ 6-foot-1 center Nikki Lindow was able to score 6 of her 10 points in the first quarter.
The second quarter saw the Warriors’ other weapons go to work, and the team built a 34-15 lead.
“I give credit to our girls though,” Mortensen said. “We went into halftime down 20 points, and it never got past that — they only won by 20 points.
“We did a lot of good things on offense, but we didn’t do enough thing consistently.”
But Centaurus was able to utilize a strong inside-out game and strong transition offense to derail MCHS.
“They were quick and fast,” Mortensen said. “They were just a good ball club. I was very impressed with Centaurus.
“They were very well-balanced. They had talented guards, and they were difficult to defend.”
The Warriors led, 47-26, after the third quarter.
Moffat County showed a spark in the last frame, but Centaurus would ride out their hot streak.
The Warriors will play at 7 p.m. tonight against visiting Longmont High School.
For MCHS, Snyder had 9 points on three 3-pointers, Lauren Roberts had 8 points, Annie Sadvar had 7 points, Britteny Ivers had 5 points, Lindsey Yoast had 4 points and Jessi Moser had 2 points.
With the exception of seniors Moser, Yoast and Snyder, the entire team will return next year, which gives Mortensen hope for the future.
“It does look good — we had a lot of young kids get a lot of time on varsity,” he said. “Our JV team played, and our freshmen team played well.”
Although MCHS wound up with a final record of 12-13 overall, Mortensen said it was a tough group.
“I’m proud of all the girls,” he said. “They never gave up. They never quit — they always hung in there.”