Junior Nike Cleverly, left, hustles to keep up with junior Justine Hathhorn, right, during practice Wednesday night at the MCHS gym. The varsity team will open at home Friday against Eagle Valley High School and also will host Battle Mountain High School at 4 p.m. Saturday.

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Junior Nike Cleverly, left, hustles to keep up with junior Justine Hathhorn, right, during practice Wednesday night at the MCHS gym. The varsity team will open at home Friday against Eagle Valley High School and also will host Battle Mountain High School at 4 p.m. Saturday.

Friday’s home opener will be last for MCHS seniors

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What: Moffat County High School girls varsity basketball vs. Eagle Valley High School

When: 6 p.m., Friday

Where: Moffat County High School, 900 Finley Lane

For more information, call MCHS at 824-7036

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Junior Callie Papoulas, left, and senior Amanda Snyder battle each other for a rebound during the Moffat County High School girls basketball team practice Wednesday. The girls varsity team will play at 6 p.m. Friday against Eagle Valley High School for their home opener.

— When Lindsey Yoast, Amanda Snyder and Jessi Moser suit up Friday, it will be with a mixture of emotions.

That’s because the three Mof­fat County High School girls varsity basketball players will be playing in the last home opener of their high school careers.

“It’s crazy,” Moser said. “It seems like it went by so fast. It’s hard to believe this is the last one.”

At 6 p.m. Friday, the girls varsity basketball team, 2-6 overall, will play Eagle Valley High School, 7-1, in the first Western Slope League game of the year.

For Snyder, her last home opener will be met with varied emotions.

“It’s exciting, kind of sad, but I’m ready for it,” she said. “I’m so happy to be at home — everyone’s here, cheering.”

That cheering fuels Snyder’s game, she said.

“In the beginning, it gives me more adrenaline, and it makes me go harder,” she said.

And that is something Yoast can’t wait for.

“I’m excited because it’s our first time playing as seniors in front of our home crowd,” she said. “And its just going to be exciting to play at home because it’s been a long time.”

Yoast has had to wait longer than her teammates to play at home.

But expect to see a much-improved player when she returns.

“I’ve been hurt the last two years,” she said. “But I definitely think I’ve improved even though I haven’t been here that much.”

The best part of playing at home is the crowd, Moser said.

“It’s nice having all those people cheering for you,” she said. “On the road, you usually just have parents and some students. Playing at home, there’s a lot more support.”

After opening the season with eight games on the road, Moser said the team is ready to play in front of a home crowd.

“We need everyone to come out and support us,” she said. “But I think we will get it done this weekend.”

Yoast said the cheering on the sidelines affects her game.

“If it’s a negative crowd, it can get into my head,” she said. “If it’s a positive crowd, our home crowd, it gets me a little more excited.”

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