Girls turn the tables |

Girls turn the tables

Moffat reverses score from last Wyoming trip

David Pressgrove

GREEN RIVER, WYO. — What a difference 11 years makes.

The Moffat County girls basketball team returned to the gym where coach Craig Mortensen’s first girls team lost by 60 points 11 years ago to win a game by almost the same amount, 96-40, against Evanston, Wyo.

“This way was a little more fun,” Mortensen said. “I thought the girls played all phases of the game well today.”

It took the first quarter for the Bulldogs to shake off the early-morning drive for a 10:30 a.m. game for the Flaming Gorge Classic, but once the feet started moving Moffat ran away with the game.

The sluggish start still led to an 18-6 advantage after the first quarter.

In the second quarter, Moffat reeled off a 10-0 run to open up the game, 36-13.

“It took us a little while to warm up,” senior Cortney Grandbouche said. “(Evanston) had good athletes, but they didn’t have the basketball skills that we did. Once we loosened up, it was our game to win.”

The Bulldogs spread out the scoring in the first half and the Lady Devils didn’t have an answer for the speed on the outside or Moffat’s size on the inside.

At halftime, Moffat County led, 43-18.

Junior Cayla Maneotis had four blocks, and sophomore guard Angie Charchalis scored seven unanswered points during the third quarter for the Bulldogs.

“Everyone played better defense today than we had been playing,” Mortensen said. “That pressure led to opportunities on offense.”

Defensive pressure and easy buckets helped the Bulldogs open up a 67-26 lead at the end of the third quarter.

Usually Mortensen would have cleared the bench for the fourth quarter with a 41-point lead, but that wasn’t possible Thursday. The JV team had a game in another gym right after the varsity team, so the Bulldogs bench was only three deep for the game.

With only varsity players available, the Bulldogs set the goal for a triple-digit performance.

“We started talking about 100 points after the third quarter,” Grandbouche said.

The pursuit to 100 came up short, but Grandbouche said the team was happy with its effort.

“The past three games, things haven’t exactly clicked,” she said. “Today, everything was working.”

For the fifth time in six games, the Bulldogs had a different leading scorer. Charchalis led the Bulldogs with a career-high 23 points. Three other Bulldogs were in double figures, with sophomore Markie Workman scoring 18, Maneotis contributing 17 and Mari Katherine Raftopoulos adding 16.

Moffat County improved to 6-0, and Evanston dropped to 1-5.

Moffat County lost to Evanston on Thursday, 65-47.

The varsity and JV teams play tournament hosts to Green River today, with JV at 8:45 a.m. and varsity at 10:30 a.m.

Green River’s varsity lost to Sheridan, Wyo., 58-53.

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