MCHS girls to face Eagle Valley

Season results

Moffat County High School girls varsity basketball 2009-2010 results:

Date: Opponent, Score

Dec. 4: Orem, 36-31 win

Dec. 5: North Sanpete, 35-26 loss

Dec. 5: Evanston, 52-25 loss

Dec. 8: Montbello, 57-43 loss

Dec. 9: Rangeview, 48-34 win

Dec. 10: Grandview, 63-27 loss

Dec. 11: Washington, 43-34 loss

Dec. 19: Montezuma-Cortez, 54-49 loss

— After opening the season with games in Utah, Denver and Palisade, the Moffat County High School girls varsity basketball team will return home this week.

Coach Craig Mortensen said the Bulldogs, 2-6, are looking forward to their home opener for a number of reasons.

“It’s always nice to play at home,” he said. “It’s nice not having to travel, and everyone back home gets to watch them play.

“We’ll have the home-court advantage, and they get to play on the court they practice on.”

The girls will play at 6 p.m. Friday night against Eagle Valley High School and at 4 p.m. Saturday against Battle Mountain High School. Both games are in the home gym.

With Friday’s game against Eagle Valley, Mortensen said the Bulldogs’ focus would be correcting problems they have faced in the early season.

“We need to get better at what we do,” he said. “We will only worry about us, and what we need to do to improve.”

Coming off an 8-15 record last season, Eagle Valley has sprinted to a 7-1 record this season.

“Eagle Valley will be good this year,” Mortensen said. “They definitely won’t be an easy team, and I think they are going to be a good challenge.”

That challenge will reveal a lot for Mortensen and the Bulldogs.

“We’ll find out right off the bat where we stand,” he said. “It should reveal a lot about our league.”

That depth allows Mortensen to tailor the Bulldogs roster to the games ahead.

“We have a lot of kids who all have different individual strengths,” he said. “There are so many kids who can contribute (at the varsity level). We don’t know our JV team yet.”

Playing in front of a home crowd, Mortensen said he expected several things from his players.

“The first thing we want to see is a great effort from our kids,” he said. “We’d like to see them play smart and play with more consistency.”

This year’s Bulldogs don’t have one dominant player; instead, they rely on different players each game, Mortensen said.

“Our depth is our strength,” he said. “We don’t know who our 10 best players are. We have a lot of kids who do a lot of good things.”

The team has struggled to play consistently, Mortensen said, and needs to do a better job of guarding the ball.

To win Friday night, the Bulldogs also need to control the tempo of the game, Mortensen said.

“They are learning when to play fast and when to set up a play,” he said. “They’ll need to learn when to turn it loose and when to reign it in.”

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