MCHS basketball teams gear up for Delta
January 21, 2011
If you go
What: Moffat County High School basketball teams versus Delta High School
When: Girls varsity at 6 p.m. and boys varsity at 7:30 p.m. today
Where: Delta High School, 1400 Pioneer Road
Vying for their first winning streak of the season, the Moffat County High School boys varsity basketball team takes on Western Slope League foe Delta at 7:30 p.m. tonight on the road.
After beating Battle Mountain on Saturday, the Bulldogs will face a similar opponent in Delta, head coach David Bradshaw said.
"(Delta's) preference is to push the ball and they don't really run a lot of offensive sets," the coach said. "They like to get the ball to the corners and get off quick shots."
The Bulldogs are 2-11 overall and 1-2 in league play. The Delta Panthers are 6-8 overall and 1-3 in the league.
The Panthers have beaten Eagle Valley, a team MCHS lost to by 22 points. Delta, however, lost to Battle Mountain two weeks ago by 11 points.
Bradshaw said the Panthers run man-to-man and pressure defense.
"We have had some problems in the past with pressure defenses, so we fully expect them to run that against us," he said. "We have gotten better as the season has progressed and we got a lot of backside looks against Battle Mountain's pressure defense."
In the waning moments of the Battle Mountain game, junior post player Colby Haddan had two big lay-ups for the Bulldogs, resulting from the Huskies overextending their defense.
Defensively, Bradshaw is looking for his players to contain Delta's post players and point guard.
"(Delta) has a post player who is very athletic and gets up and down the court pretty easy," Bradshaw said. "If we can slow them down and not let them run their offense, I think we will match-up well."
For the Bulldogs to leave with a victory, Bradshaw said the players would need to play a focused 32 minutes.
"If we play defense and get our offensive sets executed, we can win," he said. "The players need to take advantage of the looks they get."
Buckling down on defense
The Moffat County High School girls varsity basketball team hopes to keep momentum alive in league play as they're set to battle Delta at 6 p.m. tonight.
After two consecutive wins, the Bulldogs are 8-6 overall and 2-1 in the Western Slope League.
The Delta girls are 11-3 overall and have yet to lose in the league, sporting a 4-0 record.
Bulldogs head coach Matt Ray said his team would have to contain Delta's post play, which includes sophomore Skylyn Webb, who is averaging more than 16 points per game.
"We will have to know where (Webb) is and double team her without hurting the other parts of the game," Ray said. "If we can take command on defense and force them to take outside shots, we will be OK."
To win, Ray said the team would have to control the tempo on defense.
"Every chance we get, we can't allow (Delta) any easy baskets and we can't let them get any rhythm going," he said. "We have to shut down their inside game."
Offensively, Ray stressed patience for his team.
"When we have the ball, we need to be patient and get the best shot we can," he said.