MCHS b-ball teams open seasons with scrimmages |

MCHS b-ball teams open seasons with scrimmages

David Pressgrove

Tuesday marked the unofficial start of the Moffat County High School boys and girls basketball season as they laced up to play against someone other than their teammates.

“It’s good to see some different colors than blue and white on the court,” said girls head coach Craig Mortensen, whose squads played in Craig against Meeker and Rangely. “It breaks up the monotony and lets us try some different things.”

One thing Mortensen said he saw was that his team would be pretty quick again.

“Meeker and Rangely are 2A but just like any other teams they worked hard and gave us different looks on defense,” he said.

“It allowed us to look at a lot of the players and get an idea of what we need to work on the next week.

The girls will travel to Eagle Valley on Saturday for more scrimmages against Eagle Valley, Roaring Fork and Rifle.

The boys team made a trip to Aspen for scrimmages against Aspen and Battle Mountain.

“We’ve put in some new things this year that the guys picked up well tonight,” said first year head coach Mike LeWarne. “We had an excellent effort and we weren’t outworked.”

The Bulldogs played back-to-back games with four, 12-minute quarters in each scrimmage.

“It is just good to hear some whistles,” LeWarne said.

“We don’t call many fouls in practice so once you hear the whistle you know the season is approaching.”

The Bulldog’s coach said that he was impressed by his team in the first game as they got up and down the court for some fast break opportunities as well as playing a solid zone defense.

In the second game he said the altitude and back-to-back games got to them.

“We ran out of gas in the second game,” he said.

“Aspen, our first game, was probably a better team, but we got sloppy against Battle Mountain.”

Before the first varsity game next Friday, LeWarne said his team needs to work on its press breaker and conditioning.

“To be set for our opener we’ll need to get the press breaker down,” he said.

“Other than that I liked what I saw.”

David Pressgrove can be reached at or 824-7031

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