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‘An awakening’

Bulldog girls dismantle Delta

Jerry Raehal

Just over a week ago, the Moffat County High School girls basketball team lost its first league game in years.

Since that road loss to Glenwood Springs, the Bulldogs have played two road games, which have resulted in two wins.

Not just wins but blowouts.

The Bulldogs (17-2 overall, 9-1 Western Slope) dismantled Palisade and Delta by a combined margin of 150-66, the latter team losing to Moffat County, 73-33, Saturday night.

The Glenwood Springs’ loss “hurt” the Bulldogs, coach Craig Mortensen said.

“It was kind of an awakening, and they’ve responded real well, in practice and in games. We feel like we’re making progress.”

The Bulldogs took advantage early against Delta, leading 17-6 at the end of the first quarter, and 40-13 at halftime.

“We just kind of steadily built a lead, played pretty consistent, and played good defense,” Mortensen said. “When other teams are only scoring 13 points in the first half, we’re doing a real good job on defense, making them earn their points.”

The Bulldogs held the Panthers’ leading scorer, Keisha Beres, to 4 points.

The Bulldogs continued the pace, leading 55-22 at the end of the third quarter.

Markie Workman scored 22 points in the win, followed by Angie Charchalis, with 20, Ashleigh Mann, 8; Desirae Pearcey, 8; Cayla Maneotis, 8; Jorgiea Raftopoulos, 5; and Amy Dilldine, 2.

“We were scoring inside, scoring outside and players are coming off the bench and helping us,” Mortensen said. “All of them are contributing, and we’re starting to play a little more consistent.”

Leading scorers for Delta include Phaelen French at 9 points; Heather Rux, 7; and Alicia Gieck, 7.

Despite the two wins, the coach said there still are areas to improve.

“Our rebounding and defensive rotations in help situations … those kind of things we need to get better,” he said. “We need to do a little bit better at reading the defense and taking advantage of that and the openings that are there.”

The Bulldogs host Steamboat Springs at 6 p.m. Friday.

“We just have to make sure to prepare ourselves all week to get better,” the coach said.

Jerry Raehal can be reached at 824-7031, ext. 204, or at jraehal@craigdailypress.com

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