MCHS basketball teams wrap up regular season in Steamboat

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The Moffat County High School boys and girls varsity basketball teams wrap up the regular season Friday in Steamboat Springs. The girls will look to secure a second consecutive shared Western Slope League title while the boys team is playing for bragging rights.

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What: Moffat County High School boys and girls varsity basketball teams v. Steamboat Springs High School

When: Girls — 6 p.m. Friday

When: Boys — 7:30 p.m. Friday

Where: Steamboat Springs High School, 45 Maple St.

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

It’s a different season, but the Moffat County High School girls varsity basketball team finds itself in a similar predicament as last season.

With a regular-season finale against Steamboat Springs looming, a share of the Western Slope League title and a higher seed in the 4A state playoffs are on the line.

A year ago, the Bulldogs took care of Steamboat at home to share the league title with Delta and Glenwood Springs and earn a No. 17 seed in the playoffs.

On Friday, the Bulldogs battle the league-rival Sailors in Steamboat.

However, with the playoff bracket expanding from 32 teams to 48 this season, the stakes may be even higher this year with a first-round by on the line, head coach Matt Ray said

“Every year is different, but we know what we have to do to be successful,” Ray said. “The whole situation is similar to last year and we have been down this road before, so we know we have to win to be where we want to be.”

The Bulldogs (16-6 overall, 9-2 WSL) beat Glenwood on Tuesday to force a three-way tie atop the league between Moffat County, Glenwood and Delta.

Delta won their final game of the season Tuesday to guarantee at least a share of the league title.

Glenwood plays a 6-16 Eagle Valley squad on Friday.

Ray said both the league title and the higher seed in the playoffs are of the utmost priority for the Bulldogs.

“Both are pretty important, so if we lose we are in a bad situation,” he said. “If we can beat a big rival in Steamboat, we can get a better seed and win a share of the league title.”

Defensively, Ray said if the girls play fundamental defense they should do fine against the Sailors (12-9 overall, 6-5 WSL).

On the offensive side of the ball, he said the girls need to stay patient and not force anything.

“Steamboat plays a basic 1-3-1 zone, so we just need to be patient,” he said. “We need to work the ball, reverse it and go inside to our post. If they double team us inside, then we can force it outside, but we can’t just force things.”

MCHS boys basketball looks to upset rival Sailors

It took the MCHS boys varsity basketball players some time to hit their stride, but on Tuesday in their home finale the Bulldogs fired on all cylinders in a 78-56 victory over Glenwood.

The Bulldogs (6-15 overall, 3-8 WSL) prepare for their final game of the season Friday in Steamboat Springs, and head coach Eric Hamilton said his team has the momentum.

“I wish the Steamboat game was right after the Glenwood game so we wouldn’t lose any momentum,” Hamilton said. “But the rest will be good and we can talk about what we need to do. The guys definitely got a huge confidence builder from the Glenwood win, and every guy knows what this team is capable of.”

In the first match-up of the two rivals, Steamboat (7-14 overall, 4-7 WSL) won the game in the paint, where senior Jake Miller scored 17 points en route to a 54-32 victory for the Sailors.

Hamilton said the Bulldogs would need to find a way to slow Miller if they want to stay in the game.

“Miller is strong and he hustles, so we need to play better post defense down in the lane,” he said. “I think Miller is definitely their go-to guy, but they can also shoot the 3-pointer. We need to force turnovers and turn those into points.”

Since the first game Jan. 24, Hamilton said the Bulldogs have improved tremendously on defense.

With neither team likely to advance to the playoffs, Friday’s match-up will be for bragging rights until next season.

“We have really buckled down on defense and against Glenwood, we slowed their best player,” Hamilton said. “We have made great strides over the last few weeks and we are going to have to make (Steamboat) work for their points.”

It’s a different season, but the Moffat County High School girls varsity basketball team finds itself in a similar predicament as last season.

With a regular-season finale against Steamboat Springs looming, a share of the Western Slope League title and a higher seed in the 4A state playoffs are on the line.

A year ago, the Bulldogs took care of Steamboat at home to share the league title with Delta and Glenwood Springs and earn a No. 17 seed in the playoffs.

On Friday, the Bulldogs battle the league-rival Sailors in Steamboat.

However, with the playoff bracket expanding from 32 teams to 48 this season, the stakes may be even higher this year with a first-round by on the line, head coach Matt Ray said

“Every year is different, but we know what we have to do to be successful,” Ray said. “The whole situation is similar to last year and we have been down this road before, so we know we have to win to be where we want to be.”

The Bulldogs (16-6 overall, 9-2 WSL) beat Glenwood on Tuesday to force a three-way tie atop the league between Moffat County, Glenwood and Delta.

Delta won their final game of the season Tuesday to guarantee at least a share of the league title.

Glenwood plays a 6-16 Eagle Valley squad on Friday.

Ray said both the league title and the higher seed in the playoffs are of the utmost priority for the Bulldogs.

“Both are pretty important, so if we lose we are in a bad situation,” he said. “If we can beat a big rival in Steamboat, we can get a better seed and win a share of the league title.”

Defensively, Ray said if the girls play fundamental defense they should do fine against the Sailors (12-9 overall, 6-5 WSL).

On the offensive side of the ball, he said the girls need to stay patient and not force anything.

“Steamboat plays a basic 1-3-1 zone, so we just need to be patient,” he said. “We need to work the ball, reverse it and go inside to our post. If they double team us inside, then we can force it outside, but we can’t just force things.”

MCHS boys basketball looks to upset rival Sailors

It took the MCHS boys varsity basketball players some time to hit their stride, but on Tuesday in their home finale the Bulldogs fired on all cylinders in a 78-56 victory over Glenwood.

The Bulldogs (6-15 overall, 3-8 WSL) prepare for their final game of the season Friday in Steamboat Springs, and head coach Eric Hamilton said his team has the momentum.

“I wish the Steamboat game was right after the Glenwood game so we wouldn’t lose any momentum,” Hamilton said. “But the rest will be good and we can talk about what we need to do. The guys definitely got a huge confidence builder from the Glenwood win, and every guy knows what this team is capable of.”

In the first match-up of the two rivals, Steamboat (7-14 overall, 4-7 WSL) won the game in the paint, where senior Jake Miller scored 17 points en route to a 54-32 victory for the Sailors.

Hamilton said the Bulldogs would need to find a way to slow Miller if they want to stay in the game.

“Miller is strong and he hustles, so we need to play better post defense down in the lane,” he said. “I think Miller is definitely their go-to guy, but they can also shoot the 3-pointer. We need to force turnovers and turn those into points.”

Since the first game Jan. 24, Hamilton said the Bulldogs have improved tremendously on defense.

With neither team likely to advance to the playoffs, Friday’s match-up will be for bragging rights until next season.

“We have really buckled down on defense and against Glenwood, we slowed their best player,” Hamilton said. “We have made great strides over the last few weeks and we are going to have to make (Steamboat) work for their points.”

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