Girls basketball team is fit to be 1st |

Girls basketball team is fit to be 1st

Moffat County High School beats Battle Mountain, moves to 2-0 in Western Slope League

Ben Bulkeley
Callie Papoulas, center, a Moffat County High School junior guard, watches as teammate Nike Cleverly fights for a loose ball Saturday night at MCHS. The Bulldogs beat Battle Mountain, 55-26.
Shawn McHugh


Western Slope League girls basketball

Team League record Overall

Moffat County 2-0 4-6

Steamboat Springs 2-0 7-3

Rifle 2-0 5-4

Delta 1-1 2-4

Glenwood Springs 1-1 5-5

Eagle Valley 0-2 7-3

Palisade 0-2 0-9

Battle Mountain 0-2 0-10

Box score

MCHS girls varsity basketball vs. Battle Mountain

Team First quarter 2nd 3rd 4th Final

Moffat County 12 15 17 11 55

Battle Mountain 6 7 5 8 26

Callie Papoulas saves a loose ball from going out-of-bounds during the Bulldogs’ Saturday night game against Battle Mountain.Shawn McHugh

Despite preseason struggles, the Moffat County High School girls varsity basketball team is exactly where it wants to be early in league play.

Tied for first place.

By winning two home games this weekend — against Eagle Valley on Friday night, and with Saturday’s 55-26 victory against Battle Mountain — the Bulldogs (4-6 overall, 2-0 in the Western Slope League) are tied with Steamboat Springs and Rifle atop the league standings.

“Winning two league games will definitely give us a little boost of confidence,” MCHS coach Craig Mortensen said. “Sometimes, when you play a tough preseason against big schools, you can lose confidence. But this was a good weekend for us. It was definitely a shot in the arm.”

The Saturday night game against the Huskies gave the Bulldogs an opportunity to show their strength — team balance.

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Amanda Snyder had 14 points, Jessica Moser had 10, Maddy Jourgensen had eight and Annie Sadvar had seven points and five rebounds.

Lauren Roberts and Melissa Camilletti each had eight rebounds.

When the game started, it didn’t look like Moffat County was preparing for a rout, Moser said.

“I think in the beginning, we came out a little slow,” she said. “But as a team, we started to pick it up.”

Moser was part of that resurgence, as the senior had eight of 10 points after the first quarter.

“I just found that sweet spot in the left hand corner,” she said.

For the Bulldogs, the game plan started with defense, Mortensen said.

“I thought our defense played well,” he said. “When you can limit someone to 26 points, that’s a good start.”

For the Huskies, Adriana Morken had 13 points, Kenia Olivas had 11 points and Gabby Munguia had two points.

A night after Moffat County’s 35-32 victory against Eagle Valley, in which the Devils were threatening until the last moment, a big victory was exactly what the Bulldogs needed, Jourgensen said.

“It was nice not having to worry the entire game,” she said. “We weren’t scared to play.”

Jourgensen said the home sweep was the perfect way to start league play.

“It was just exciting to be playing at home,” the junior guard said.

Despite Battle Mountain’s 0-10 record, Moser said Moffat County still was pleased with the weekend sweep.

“This was a good weekend overall,” Moser said. “It was definitely a good warm-up to what we’ll see in the future.”

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