MCHS girls basketball ends Grandview tournament with 1-3 record |

MCHS girls basketball ends Grandview tournament with 1-3 record

Ben Bulkeley

Playing Friday in the last game of the Grandview Invitational basketball tournament, the Moffat County High School girls varsity learned a valuable lesson.

"We have to come ready every night," coach Craig Mortensen said. "Nothing is ever going to be handed to you."

The team lost, 40-33, to George Washington High School, in a game that Mortensen said Moffat County should have won.

"They weren't a great team, and we could have won," he said. "But not the way we played."

From the start, Moffat County had trouble on both sides of the floor, Mortensen said.

"We didn't look very good," he said. "We didn't come ready to play — we were sluggish, and mentally, we weren't in it."

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The team was behind George Washington the entire game and struggled to catch up, Mortensen said.

"Mentally, you have to be in it," he said. "It affected how they played."

Moffat County finished the tournament with a 1-3 record.

The team's losses included a 52-44 loss to Montbello on Tuesday and a 63-24 loss to Grandview on Thursday.

The Bulldogs beat Rangeview, 48-34, on Wednesday for their lone win.

Despite losing Thursday to tournament hosts Grandview, Mortensen said the team played hard and lost to a talented school.

On Friday, the Bulldogs simply couldn't get anything going on either end, he said.

"We went backward," he said. "Instead of taking steps forward."

Mortensen said the team will focus on fundamentals before its Dec. 19 game against Montezuma-Cortez High School in Palisade.

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