Jazmine Swindler and the Moffat County girls basketball team played a good game at Aspen last weekend. They look to build on it this weekend with Western Slope League tilts at Basalt and Cedaredge.

Photo by Nate Waggenspack

Jazmine Swindler and the Moffat County girls basketball team played a good game at Aspen last weekend. They look to build on it this weekend with Western Slope League tilts at Basalt and Cedaredge.

Important weekend of basketball coming for Moffat County

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Moffat County at Basalt

Friday

Girls 6 p.m., boys 7:30 p.m., Basalt High School

Moffat County at Cedaredge

Saturday

Girls 2 p.m., boys 3:30 p.m., Cedaredge High School

One team is riding high and the other is coming off a defeat, but both Moffat County basketball teams now have to look ahead to two important contests coming up away from Craig.

After last weekend’s game in Aspen, the Bulldogs have to get two more games out of the way before playing in front of a home crowd again. The boys and girls will head to Basalt tonight, then travel to Cedaredge on Saturday for another league game.

Both teams will be looking for a comfortable win today, as neither Basalt team has won a game yet this season.

The coaches know you can’t take anything for granted on the road, though.

“It doesn’t matter where you go, road games are never easy,” girls head coach Matt Ray said. “Basalt should be a game like Aspen for us, but if we play bad, then it’s not going to look good for us.”

The competition should ramp up Saturday. Cedaredge is a surprise 4-1 in the WSL and 6-2 overall, including a win against Grand Valley’s girls, the current league leaders.

The Bruins have balanced scoring, with eight players averaging four or more points per game. They will present a unique challenge for the Bulldogs, because Ray says the teams have similar personnel and styles.

“They are really similar to us because they’ve got a lot of quickness,” he said. “They have four seniors, I think, three juniors and some sophomores, all of who are good. It looks like they run a full-court man” to man defense.

The Cedaredge boys have not been quite as hot to start the season but are 3-2 in the WSL and lost by just six at Aspen in December. Their blend of size and athleticism made them a good matchup for Moffat County last year, and head coach Eric Hamilton expects a tough game from the Bruins.

“I think both teams will be solid,” he said. “Cedaredge, they’ve got some quality wins and have played some teams tough. It looks to me like they’re getting better all the time, and that’s what I expect from them.”

The boys team is coming off an ugly loss to Aspen and looking to rebound with a couple wins this weekend. Hamilton said the team had one of its best weeks of practice of the season, and now it’s about bringing their practice intensity to the court for these games.

Both Moffat County teams have an opportunity to come home with a 4-1 league record and be among the leaders. Doing so on the road would be even bigger.

“The more work you can get done on the road early, the better,” Hamilton said. “We’ve got a lot of home games in February then.”

Contact Nate Waggenspack at 970-875-1795 or nwaggenspack@craigdailypress.com.

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