Girls basketball takes third place at Grandview tourney |

Girls basketball takes third place at Grandview tourney

The Moffat County High School girls wrapped up its four-day trip to Denver on Friday, capturing third place in the Grandview tournament.

The Bulldogs (7-2 overall) defeated Mountain Vista High School, 62-55, in a comeback victory to finish the event with a 3-1 record.

The Bulldogs trailed 19-6 early in the game. At halftime, coach Craig Mortensen “gave them a butt chewing,” he said, and they responded. “The seniors stepped up and said we’re going to have to do it, and they did.”

The girls will have a break until a Jan. 8 match-up with rival Steamboat Springs High School in Craig.

Bulldog boys hoops’ bad luck continues

The Moffat County boys basketball team suffered its fifth and sixth consecutive losses to open the season, falling twice while competing in the Alamosa tournament.

The Bulldogs lost Thursday to tournament host Alamosa High School, 80-44, and then fell Friday in overtime, 78-73, to Hinkley High School.

“I’m very disappointed in how we played,” coach Steve Maneotis said of Thursday’s game. “This team needs to realize how to play as a team, not as individuals. We have to come together as a team or the results aren’t going to change.”

The Bulldogs were tied at 15 with the Mean Moose at the end of the first quarter, but Alamosa went on a 32-5 second quarter run that separated themselves from Moffat County.

“The wheels came off,” Maneotis said. “We are giving games away with our lack of team effort.”

On Friday, the Bulldogs’ bad luck continued.

Moffat County lost a nail-biter to Hinkley High School, 78-73, in overtime.

“We had a shot roll off the rim at the end of regulation,” Maneotis said. “We played this game as a team. We should have won. As coach I should know what we need to get through this.”

The Bulldogs trailed 35-28 at the half – largely in part to the 18 points scored by Chayton Owens – before the Thunderbirds tied the game with six seconds remaining.

In overtime, “the cards just didn’t fall our way,” Maneotis said. “The stars just aren’t lining up for us right now.”

The Bulldogs (0-6 overall) conclude the tournament at 10 a.m. today, facing the winner of Peak To Peak High School and Sanford High School.