Lady Dogs ready to win |

Lady Dogs ready to win

Tom Schafer

Snowy streets, bare trees, and cold air are signs that Moffat County girls basketball is heating up the gym for some wintertime action.
With laced gym shoes and a competitive drive to win it all this year, the girls basketball team had their first practice, Monday afternoon
The Lady Dogs’ strengths are their speed, quickness, experience and defense, Head Coach Craig Mortensen said. “The defense will be pressing and showing different looks. Others teams will have to make adjustments to compete, Mortensen said.
“There are a lot of young players on this team, three seniors and six juniors returning this season,” he said.
Moffat County weakness are lack of height, scoring in the post, and scoring more points, Mortensen said.
“If we can spread the floor out with good premier shooting, this will force coverage to the outside, opening up the inside,” Mortensen said. “We can score more points in the post this way. The girls are hard working competitive players who like to win.”
The Lady Dogs must win in this tough Western Slope league to achieve their goal of capturing the league title. They will play strong teams such as Rifle, Steamboat, Glenwood, and new arrivals, Palisades and Battle Mountain.
“We want to play competitive teams because it improves the players and makes the game more exciting,” Mortensen said.
The Lady Dogs 16-5 lost in the league championship game to Rifle last year and hope to avenge that loss.
“Rifle is a good team and has great coaches,” Mortensen said. “A win against Rifle would be a big win for us. “They win on our court and we win on their court.”
The Lady Dogs open their season in a Uintah tourney Dec. 1 in Vernal, Utah and play their first home game Dec. 9 against Roaring Fork.
“This should be a fun, exciting year for the Lady Dogs; so come out and watch,” Mortensen said.

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