Craig Mortensen, Moffat County High School girls varsity basketball coach, instructs his team during a timeout. The girls team will play tonight in Palisade and travel Saturday to Delta.

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Craig Mortensen, Moffat County High School girls varsity basketball coach, instructs his team during a timeout. The girls team will play tonight in Palisade and travel Saturday to Delta.

Girls basketball looks to continue league streak

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Teams at a glance

Palisade High School

2009-2010 record: 0-9 (0-2 in WSL)

Average points scored: 29.6 per game

Average points allowed: 55.2 per game

Head coach: Toni Gunther

Delta High School

2009-2010 record: 2-4 (1-1 in WSL)

Average points scored: 44.6 per game

Average points allowed: 55.2 per game

Head coach: Matt Hamm

Starting tonight, the Moffat County High School girls varsity basketball team will find itself in familiar territory.

On the road.

At 5 p.m. today, the Bulldogs (4-7 overall, 2-0 in Western Slope League play) will play at Palisade.

At 4 p.m. Saturday, the team will play at Delta.

“Hopefully, we can get out with two more wins,” MCHS coach Craig Mortensen said. “Playing on the road is never as easy as it is at home, but we’ve played plenty of road games this year.”

The Bulldogs have played nine games on the road this season, going 2-7.

The team lost Tuesday in Grand Junction, 45-34, but Mortensen said he was pleased with his team’s performance.

“We want to keep what we had going on Tuesday going,” he said. “Against Grand Junction, they were working hard. They battled; we just need to play smarter. We need to play more relaxed as we’re playing smarter.”

This will be Moffat County’s first road game against a league opponent.

The team is coming off a weekend home sweep of Eagle Valley and Battle Mountain.

Tonight against Palisade, 0-9 (0-2 in WSL), Mortensen said he wants to see his team become more comfortable in their offense.

“They need to react and read the defense,” he said. “They’re still kind of robotic. They need to be more fluid.”

Saturday’s game against Delta (2-4, 1-1 in WSL) should be a challenge for Moffat County.

“They look like they are going to be strong,” Mortensen said. “They beat Glenwood. They have one girl who we will need to shut down.”

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