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Bulldog girls earn another blowout in tourney

David Pressgrove

GREEN RIVER, WYO. — For the second day in a row, the Moffat County girls basketball team established dominance early and cruised to a victory in the Flaming Gorge Classic.

On Friday, the Bulldogs forced eight turnovers in the first quarter and jumped to an 18-7 lead against tournament hosts Green River. The most points Moffat County allowed in a quarter for the rest of the game was 11 in a 67-32 victory.

“The girls did a good job of jumping on them and establishing control,” Moffat coach Craig Mortensen said. “There was never any question who was in control of the game.”

Shots weren’t falling as often for the Bulldogs as they did in the tournament opener against Evanston, Wyo., but Moffat’s defense was just as effective.

“Some of our best progress this year has been communicating on defense,” Mortensen said. “Everyone was talking and moving together today.”

On offense, the Bulldogs displayed the balanced scoring that is becoming their trademark this season.

Four Bulldogs were in double figures, with senior Mari Katherine Raftopoulos leading the way with 17 points. Junior Cayla Maneotis was second in scoring with 13 points. Senior Jessica Uecker and sophomore Markie Workman finished with 10 points each.

“We continue to spread the ball around and get a lot of players involved,” Mortensen said.

Moffat players also drew enough fouls to foul out three Wolves. The Bulldogs shot 25 free throws, making 19 of them. Eleven of Raftopoulos’ points came from the foul line.

“There were a lot of ticky-tac calls made for both sides,” Mortensen said. “We were lucky to only foul out one player (Workman).”

At this point in the season, the Bulldogs would rather play in close games than blowouts, but they haven’t found that yet.

“It would be nice if we could have a challenge,” Maneotis said. “That will make us better.”

Uecker agreed.

“Last year, we didn’t have a challenge until the post season, and that hurt us,” she said. “We can keep playing teams like we have and not let down no matter the score, but if we could have a close game to measure where we’re at, it would be better.”

After winning their first two games by an average of 45 points, there was a discussion Friday with tournament officials about trying to get the Bulldogs a different opponent for today’s game.

On Friday afternoon, no changes had been made in the scheduling, leaving the Bulldogs an 8:45 a.m. game against Mountain View, Wyo.

“Regardless of who we play, these girls love to play, and they’re progressing every game,” Mortensen said. “I think they’d like to have a close game (today) only because their opponent is good.”

The JV team lost against Green River, 51-43.

David Pressgrove can be reached at 824-7021, ext. 211, or dpressgrove@craigdailypress.com.

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