MCHS coaches strategizing for rival Sailors

Varsity basketball teams on the road Friday for WSL tilt

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What: Moffat County High School vs. Steamboat Springs High School varsity basketball

When: Girls at 6 p.m., boys at 7:30 p.m. Friday

Where: Steamboat Springs High School, 45 E. Maple St.

— Admission is $5 for adults and $4 for students

The Moffat County High School boys varsity basketball team will change up its game plan in anticipation of Friday’s road game against rival Steamboat Springs.

The Bulldogs recently faced two teams who emphasized transition baskets and getting the ball inside.

The Sailors, however, are a different team than the Bulldogs’ recent opponents.

The Bulldogs (2-13 overall, 1-4 Western Slope League) will focus on shutting down the Sailors’ guards, MCHS coach David Bradshaw said.

“Steamboat has guards who are extremely quick and they like to run a perimeter-oriented offense,” he said. “They like to try and get dribble penetration, which we will have to shut down.”

The Sailors (8-7 overall, 3-2 WSL) will look to seniors Isiah Forsyth and Justin Anderson, Bradshaw said, to hit big shots, including the 3-pointer.

“Anderson is a really good spot-up shooter who likes to work the perimeter,” he said. “Forsyth is very quick and can stretch the game out if he wants.”

Bradshaw said his team will need to disrupt the Sailors from their regular offense to have a chance to win the road contest.

“(Steamboat) won’t usually run three players out and two players in like most teams,” he said. “A lot of the times, they run four players out and only one in, so we need to shut down the outside game.”

If the Bulldogs aren’t careful defensively, Bradshaw said the Sailors could get easy baskets.

“One thing we need to focus on a lot is good rotation and different defenses,” he said. “(Steamboat) is not really a transition team, so we need to play tough half-court defense.”

Offensively, Bradshaw wants to see his team move the ball.

“We need to set good screens and get high-percentage shots,” he said. “If we force it, we won’t win.”

Bradshaw said he is looking to his seniors to lead the team against the rival opponent.

“If Dylon (Camilletti) can get some good shots from the perimeter and our playmaker Zach Raftopoulos is effective, we will be in the game,” he said.

Tip off is slated for 7:30 p.m.

Varsity girls hoping to exploit advantages

The Moffat County High School girls varsity basketball team is looking to extend its five-game winning streak on the road Friday against Steamboat.

Using the Bulldogs’ size, MCHS coach Matt Ray will look to overpower the Sailors (8-7 overall, 3-2 Western Slope League).

“We are by far bigger in the post than (Steamboat) is,” Ray said. “If we can take advantage of the size and the speed, we can get some points on the board.”

The Bulldogs (10-6 overall, 4-1 WSL) hope to use their speed defensively as well, Ray said.

“Steamboat’s offense likes to shoot from outside,” he said. “They get off quick shots, but I think we are as quick as them and if we can contain that, I think our defense will be fine.”

Ray said Steamboat players can make open shots, and he’s hoping his team will buckle down to limit those opportunities.

A major key to the game, Ray said, is transition.

“If we can transition up and down and get easy lay-ups, I think we have a good chance,” he said. “Defensively, we have to be aggressive to limit their shots.”

Ray said he hopes to see his consistent players continue playing their style of basketball.

“Lauren (Roberts) has been really consistent and if Annie (Sadvar) can have a good game, we will control the post,” he said. “Melissa (Camilletti) has also been hitting big shots on the outside, which will help our post game.”

The game is slated to tip at 6 p.m.

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