Basketball taking on Basalt on the road

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Moffat County basketball at Basalt High School

• 11 a.m. Girls JV

• 12:30 p.m. Boys JV

• 2 p.m. Girls varsity

• 3:30 p.m. Boys varsity

Both Moffat County basketball teams control their own destiny in the Western Slope League.

But while the biggest games for each team are in the weeks to come, neither can afford a slip-up Saturday when the Bulldogs head to Basalt for road league games.

Moffat County’s boys team has been one game behind Roaring Fork since a loss to the Rams in Carbondale in December. But Roaring Fork fell to Aspen in a home game last weekend, setting up a potential battle for first place when the teams meet Feb. 16 in Craig.

The Bulldogs don’t have the luxury of looking that far ahead, however, with games at Basalt, Aspen and Cedaredge before the Roaring Fork game.

First up is Basalt Saturday. The Longhorns are 4-8 (3-6 WSL) and lost 75-50 in their visit to Craig Jan. 18. That loss was the start of a 1-4 stretch for Basalt, but the Longhorns will look to right the ship at home, where they have been better (3-3) than on the road (1-5).

The Basalt girls team is coming off its first win of the season, a 54-30 decision over Aspen. They currently sit on the opposite end of the WSL standings from the first-place Bulldogs, whose toughest games before the end of the regular season figure to start next weekend, when they visit Cedaredge, before hosting Roaring Fork and Coal Ridge.

Moffat County’s girls are a half-game ahead of Olathe (with two wins against them) and two ahead of Grand Valley. Roaring Fork, the team responsible for Moffat County’s only league loss, is 2.5 games back.

Winning out is the easy recipe for the Bulldogs to win the WSL.

Saturday’s games begin at 11 a.m. with girls junior varsity, with boys JV, and girls and boys varsity to follow.

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