Moffat County basketball teams take 2 from Basalt
January 17, 2014
Craig — The Moffat County High School girls basketball team kept its high-level play rolling Friday, picking up a win at Basalt and nearing triple digits on the scoreboard in the process.
The Bulldogs' past two games were against Aspen and Gunnison, two teams likely to finish at the bottom of the Western Slope League standings when the year is over. Moffat County also took care of business quickly Friday, winning, 99-19, against Basalt.
All 12 varsity players got into the game, and all scored for Moffat County, which got out to a 31-6 lead after a quarter and then backed off on defense.
"We pretty much handled them," head coach Matt Ray said. "Really, the whole team did. The varsity, our starters only played a half."
Moffat's zone press was effective enough to give the Bulldogs a big lead early in the game. After that, the team steadily backed off but tried to maintain its intensity in not giving up baskets.
Ray was pleased with that effort.
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"The kids didn't have a letdown today. They all played hard the whole game," he said. "It's unfortunate because (Basalt's) not really good, and you can't really call them all the way off" on defense.
The Bulldogs now are 3-1 in the Western Slope League and play at Cedaredge — which figures to give them a tough challenge — at 2:30 p.m. today.
Boys rebound from Aspen loss
Moffat County's boys team recovered from its first league defeat with help from some fresh faces Friday.
The team picked up a 62-36 win Friday at Basalt, with sophomores Kody Fief and Dylan Kincade getting their first career starts.
Fief had his best game as a Bulldog, pouring in shots from beyond the arc and in transition to give Moffat County a boost.
The Bulldogs started out slow against the winless Longhorns but found their stride and pulled away in the second quarter.
Even after a third quarter in which the team scored just six points, Moffat County held a comfortable lead throughout the second half.
The win improved Moffat County to 5-2 this season and 3-1 in Western Slope League play. Basalt fell to 0-7 and 0-4 in league play.
Moffat County takes on Cedaredge in another league matchup at 3:30 p.m. today.
Contact Nate Waggenspack at 970-875-1795 or nwaggenspack@CraigDailyPress.com.