Elbows in and use the legs.
Those were the thoughts going through sophomore Sassy Murray’s mind as she heaved a half-court shot at the buzzer ending the first quarter.
The ball went in, and the Moffat County High School girls varsity basketball team had a 22-point lead only a quarter of the way through their home game against Battle Mountain on Saturday.
“Before our game Friday night in Eagle Valley, we were playing knockout and I saw some of the guys’ players shooting from that area,” Murray said. “I remembered what they did the night before and just hoped it went in.
“I have never seen it happen before in a game, so it was really exciting.”
The Bulldogs never let up Saturday, walking away the victors, 59-29.
This was MCHS’s second consecutive Western Slope League victory, putting the team at 8-6 overall and 2-1 in the league.
Using full-court pressure early combined with solid shooting from the field, four Bulldogs put up five or more points in the first quarter – Murray, juniors Melissa Camilletti and Annie Sadvar and senior Lauren Roberts.
Murray was happy her team didn’t play down to the Huskies, who are 1-12 overall and 0-3 in the league.
“We were able to play at our level the entire game,” she said. “It was a really good game all around.”
Although Murray doesn’t start for the Bulldogs, she scored 10 points off the bench.
Roberts led the MCHS offense with 17 points.
Head coach Matt Ray sat his starters in the fourth quarter, with the reserves playing the final eight minutes.
“It’s always very positive when the non-starters can get in a varsity game for a whole quarter,” Ray said. “They got in, got some playing time and that will help them.”
Ray said the start of the game is when the Bulldogs were able to take control.
“We came out explosive today and were patient enough on offense to let things work out,” he said.