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Battle for the top spot

Glenwood Springs visits today

John Vandelinder

If you go

What: MCHS girls basketball vs. Glenwood Springs

When: Friday 6 p.m.

Where: Moffat County High School

• For more information, call 970-824-7036

Moffat County

Coach: Craig Mortensen

Record: 13-3 overall, 6-1 Western Slope League

Streak: won 5

Points per game: 62

Opposition ppg: 36.1

Leading scorer: Angie Charchalis 17.7 ppg

Keys to victory:

• Execution. Mortensen said MCHS needs to take shots it wants, not the shots GSHS gives.

• Defense. The Bulldogs need to play solid post defense. Mortensen said shutting down Glenwood's "bigs" down low is a necessity.

• Poise. Mortensen said the team will need to stay composed and handle the inevitable Demon's surge.

Glenwood Springs

Coach: Bryan Derby

Record: 13-2 overall, 7-0 Western Slope League

Streak: won 7

Points per game: 61.6

Opposition ppg: 45.7

Leading scorer: Sharaya Selsor 22.6 ppg

Keys to victory:

• Defense. Both teams have no problem scoring. Derby said the team that plays the best defense has the best chance to win.

• Patience. Derby said the Demons need to be patient when it comes to running the offense and shot selection.

• Rebounding. Controlling the glass is a huge key toward success in Derby's eyes.

If you go

What: MCHS girls basketball vs. Glenwood Springs

When: Friday 6 p.m.

Where: Moffat County High School

• For more information, call 970-824-7036

Moffat County

Coach: Craig Mortensen

Record: 13-3 overall, 6-1 Western Slope League

Streak: won 5

Points per game: 62

Opposition ppg: 36.1

Leading scorer: Angie Charchalis 17.7 ppg

Keys to victory:

• Execution. Mortensen said MCHS needs to take shots it wants, not the shots GSHS gives.

• Defense. The Bulldogs need to play solid post defense. Mortensen said shutting down Glenwood’s “bigs” down low is a necessity.

• Poise. Mortensen said the team will need to stay composed and handle the inevitable Demon’s surge.

Glenwood Springs

Coach: Bryan Derby

Record: 13-2 overall, 7-0 Western Slope League

Streak: won 7

Points per game: 61.6

Opposition ppg: 45.7

Leading scorer: Sharaya Selsor 22.6 ppg

Keys to victory:

• Defense. Both teams have no problem scoring. Derby said the team that plays the best defense has the best chance to win.

• Patience. Derby said the Demons need to be patient when it comes to running the offense and shot selection.

• Rebounding. Controlling the glass is a huge key toward success in Derby’s eyes.

— The Western Slope League – home to the Moffat County High School girls basketball team – is an eight-team league.

For the past three years, it has essentially become a two-team battle for the top spot between the Bulldogs and Glenwood Springs High School.

Dating back to the 2005-06 season, the teams have combined to pile up 63 league wins to seven losses.

The Demons and Bulldogs have won 90 percent of their games in that span.

Moffat’s two league losses during its 33-2 stretch have been at the hands of the Demons.

Glenwood’s three league losses during its 30-5 run in that time, have been to the Bulldogs.

Moffat County (13-3 overall, 6-1 WSL) faces the visiting Demons (13-2 overall, 7-0 WSL) tonight.

“It is the biggest rivalry we have,” Demon coach Bryan Derby said. “We are the top two teams in the league. It will be a tough game.”

Glenwood came out on top in a 16-point home victory Jan. 11, in a game Moffat County was limited in the post. Pre-season all-conference selection Markie Workman was injured and senior Desirae Pearcey was in foul trouble.

Workman is suiting up for tonight’s game and the Bulldogs are playing at home.

“Pearcey was in foul trouble last time, and we had no Markie,” Bulldog coach Craig Mortensen said. “We had no post presence the last game. Now, they are going to have to defend the post.”

Both coaches said today’s game is essentially a mid-schedule league championship game.

“If we don’t win this game, we don’t win the league,” Mortensen said. “Whoever wins basically gets the league championship.”

Derby was a little more subdued, trying to de-emphasize the importance of the match-up, but he ended at the same conclusion as Mortensen.

“If you look at their record and you look at our record, it’s pretty obvious what’s at stake,” he said. “There’s no question; if we win, we are definitely in the driver’s seat.”


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