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Bulldogs have workout against Wildcats

Bruce Tippets

A firm test is what the Moffat County High School girls basketball teams received Tuesday in a scrimmage against the Fruita Monument Wildcats at the high school gym.

The Bulldogs, a Class 4A team, played six 10-minute quarters against the Wildcats who play in Class 5A.

“We are really glad that Fruita Monument came up for the scrimmage,” said Bulldogs coach Craig Mortensen. “It was really good for us. Fruita is a good ball team and they are deep inside with a lot of tall girls.”

“We saw a lot of things that were really good for us,” said Mortensen. “Obviously, you see things that you need to work on and improve. The girls are here and they are playing hard. I am proud of them.”

According to Mortensen, the Bulldogs improved from the Saturday scrimmage against Grand Junction and Hayden.

“We are seeing better organization of what we are doing,” said Mortensen. “We ran our offense better. We need to work on our defensive transition. Our girls are leaving two or three people back.

“We did see a lot of improvement and hopefully we will each day.”

Mortensen is getting an idea of who his varsity players will be this season.

“I think that we are getting a rotation down,” said Mortensen. “I played eight girls on the varsity level tonight and we could go even nine. I was pleased with the eight girls that we used in our rotation. We need to make sure that we don’t hack and foul the first two quarters or we will really be in trouble.”

Mortensen said the Bulldogs can mix things up.

“We kind of have a lineup where we go with more guards,” said Mortensen. “Then we have another lineup where we have one post and two forwards. It just depends on a lot of different things.”

“We did see some improvement from the Saturday scrimmage,” said junior varsity coach Mike Lewarne. “I thought that we were more aggressive and we are continuing to work on the things that we need to work on. I thought that they just did a really nice job tonight.”

The Bulldogs start their season Friday at the Union Tournament in Vernal, Utah.

“We will see some really good competition this weekend,” said Mortensen. “We will really be tested.”