Moffat County junior forward Allie Ehlers puts up a jumper against Aspen last Saturday. The MCHS girls and boys basketball teams will play Basalt Friday and Cedaredge Saturday in two more Western Slope League games.

Photo by Nate Waggenspack

Moffat County junior forward Allie Ehlers puts up a jumper against Aspen last Saturday. The MCHS girls and boys basketball teams will play Basalt Friday and Cedaredge Saturday in two more Western Slope League games.

Bulldogs prepping for weekend doubleheader

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“Mentally we may not be as sharp as we need to be to play that next day. We’ve got to find our way to keep ourselves sharp. So in practice this week it’s been all about getting everything perfect.”

Moffat County High School girls basketball coach Matt Ray about preparing his team for this weekend's doubleheader

It’s a big weekend for Moffat County basketball, with home games Friday and Saturday at Moffat County High School.

It will be the Bulldogs’ last home games until Feb. 2.

Both MCHS teams will be expected to win their games, playing at homes against teams that have either struggled or been middle-of-the-road so far this season. But the wins will still be important ones for Moffat County to secure.

The boy and girls teams are in good standing in the Western Slope League, but need to keep collecting wins in order to stay there.

The girls team will take on Basalt at 6 p.m. Friday and Cedaredge 2 p.m. Saturday. Basalt is still looking for its first win this season, and has lost to Aspen, which Moffat County beat 62-19 last weekend.

Coach Matt Ray knows it should be another easy victory for the team, but wants to see the Bulldogs still play at their best.

“It will be another one of those games where we’ll have to be mentally tougher,” Ray said. “We’ll have to beat ourselves.”

Cedaredge will be more of a test. The Bruins are 4-4 and 3-2 in the WSL this season.

Ray hopes his team will be sharp the day following what he expects to be an easy win.

“Mentally we may not be as sharp as we need to be to play that next day,” he said. “We’ve got to find our way to keep ourselves sharp. So in practice this week it’s been all about getting everything perfect.”

It may be a tougher weekend for the MCHS boys. First up for the Bulldogs will be a game against 3-4 Basalt Friday in the MCHS gym.

The Longhorns have had an up-and-down year so far, losing big but also winning by as many as 60 points this season. Coach Eric Hamilton remembers the Longhorns from playing last season, a win for Moffat County.

“They played pretty solid, they were with us all game,” Hamilton said of last year’s contest. “I’ve seen they’re putting up a lot of points this year. I think our kids have a lot of confidence, but we’ve still got to come play every night.”

Following that game, Moffat County takes on Cedaredge at 3:30 p.m. Saturday in Craig. The Bruins had a rough start to the season, but have reeled off three straight victories, including a 71-65 win over Basalt last week.

Cedaredge is 3-2 in league play and looking to make a move at the top of the standings. Hamilton expects to see good athletes from the 1A football state champions.

“Cedaredge, I think they’ll be another step up in toughness,” he said. “I expect some tough kids, they won the football championship and you see some of those kids in basketball.”

Both teams will be looking for two wins and a 6-1 record in the league. Ray said his team needs to win out in order to be WSL champs, while Hamilton and the boys team set a goal of never losing at home before the season started.

All four games will be available live online at craigdailypress.com.

Nate Waggenspack can be reached at 875-1795 or nwaggenspack@craigdailypress.com. Follow Craig Daily Press sports coverage on Twitter at @CDP_Sports.

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