Camping trip: MCHS hoops team has played 28 games this summer |

Camping trip: MCHS hoops team has played 28 games this summer

Ben Bulkeley

Matt Ray, Moffat County High School's first-year girls varsity basketball head coach, was familiar with his team already, but he has gotten to know them better over the summer.

"We've played almost 28 games in the last two weeks," he said. "We've looked pretty good, too."

The MCHS girls basketball team has been attending camps most of the month, which has given Ray time to evaluate players.

Since Thursday, the Bulldogs have been playing at a camp in Greeley.

In addition to Greeley, the Bulldogs have also attended camps at the University of Colorado in Colorado Springs and Mesa State.

MCHS played three games Thursday, one Friday and will play twice today.

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The team has played Regis Jesuit, Greeley Central, Loveland and Wray.

Moffat County is coming off a 12-13 2009-10 season in which it was eliminated in the second round of the state playoffs.

After losing three players to graduation, playing 28 games has revealed some things about the potential 2010-11 Bulldogs, Ray said.

"I've learned that we have some depth at a lot of positions," he said. "We'll be a quick team, and if we can get our shots to fall, we'll be pretty tough."

There are several things the team will need to focus on before the season begins, Ray said.

"We need to be more patient when we run our offense," he said. "We have a habit of trying to hurry it, so we need to work on being patient."

When the camps close, there will be more work for the coaches, Ray said.

"We'll sit down and evaluate where we are," he said. "We'll be done with camps, but we'll try to decide where everyone will go."

Ray, who became head coach in April after long-time head coach Craig Mortensen retired, had a familiarity with the team after being an assistant coach for several years.

But, being head coach requires him to keep a closer eye on his players, Ray said.

"It's a little different," he said. "I'm spending more time evaluating players, where before I was working more with the younger kids.

"Before, I was helping kids get to varsity. Now, I'm going to make sure they can stay there."

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