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Bulldogs fall to Wildcats, place 4th in Grandview tourney

John Vandelinder

Moffat County ended its four-game road trip in Aurora with a loss Friday night, falling to Arvada West, 52-41.

With the defeat, the Bulldogs settled for a fourth-place finish in the eight-team Grandview High School Girls Basketball Tournament.

Moffat County (2-4 overall, 0-0 Western Slope League – 4A) concluded the tourney with a 1-3 record.

Not bad, considering the Bulldogs were the lone 4A school to compete in the event.

“I thought we played better tonight (Friday) than we have the last couple of nights,” MCHS coach Craig Mortensen said. “We just lost to a really good team.”

Arvada West (4-2 overall, 0-0 Jefferson County League – 5A), stormed out to a 20-8 first quarter lead in pursuit of clinching the third-place game.

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The Bulldogs fought back behind solid bench play in the second, taking a one-point lead into the halftime intermission.

“I wish I could tell you” what the difference was in the first two quarters, Mortensen said. “It just took us a little while to adjust. (Jesse) Moser came in off the bench and gave us a spark though, and we caught on fire there in the second” period.

The Wildcats responded out of the break, turning the halftime deficit into an eight-point lead heading into the final frame.

“They had a guard that hit some tough shots for them,” Mortensen said. “Other than that, I thought the girls played well.”

Having tied last season’s loss total in their first six games, Mortensen said his team picked up valuable experience against some stiff competition.

“We learned a lot” from this trip, he said. “We learned we have to execute, we can’t play scared and we have to look for shots and not just run our offense.

“Sometimes we get so into running our offense, we forget to look for shots.”

Moffat County will get some shots Dec. 20, when the Bulldogs compete at 11 a.m. against Cortez in Palisade.

John Vandelinder can be reached at 875-1793 or jvandelinder@craigdailypress.com