Despite a slow start, the Moffat County High School girls varsity basketball team was able to win, 55-26, Friday in Battle Mountain.
The team jumped out to an early 15-8 lead in the first quarter and never looked back.
The Bulldogs extended that lead to 23-10 at halftime, and 35-14 after the third quarter.
The Bulldogs (7-9 overall, 5-2 in the Western Slope League) were strong in all facets of the game, coach Craig Mortensen said.
“I thought we played well,” he said. “I thought we really played well defensively.”
Leading a balanced attack were seniors Amanda Snyder and Jessi Moser.
Snyder had 14 points, while Moser added 10 against the Huskies (0-14, 0-8 in the WSL).
The team will play today against league-leading Rifle High School in Rifle.
In order to be successful, the Bulldogs will need to continue doing what worked on Friday, Mortensen said.
“We need to play well, and keep making progress,” he said. “We did tonight, but they are still learning. They did a better job of taking care of the ball, and they know what they have to do.”
Moffat County boys basketball falls, 71-52
For three quarters, the Moffat County High School boys varsity basketball team was able to outgun Battle Mountain on Friday.
The team clawed back from a six-point half-time deficit to lead by one heading into the third quarter but were unable to overcome a Battle Mountain barrage, and fell, 71-52.
“We had three really good quarters, and one bad quarter,” MCHS coach Steve Maneotis said. “In the fourth quarter, we couldn’t get a shot to fall.”
Maneotis said his young team still is figuring out how to close out tight games.
“I can’t fault their effort,” he said. “We had some good looks, but nothing fell. You get into a situation like this, and you try to press to win a ballgame, and the kids wanted it so bad.
“But I don’t know if they were tense or nervous, or if it’s a young team trying to finish a game.”
It was a night the Bulldogs lived up to their tenacious name, Maneotis said.
“They did a great job,” he said. “They started tentative, and were down five- seven to nothing. They came back battled hard. We had a quality first half, and a quality third quarter. They took over the game, took the lead and did a great job.”
The team will face Rifle High School at 5:30 p.m. today in Rifle.