MCHS girls find offense on first game of trip |

MCHS girls find offense on first game of trip

David Pressgrove

The Moffat County High School girls basketball team headed east this week in search of an offense. So far, so good, as they ripped the nets up for a 71-32 win over Silver Creek.

“We were definitely a more expereinced and better team than they were,” coach Craig Mortensen said. “We came out and played well early and were able to put some points on the board.”

The Bulldogs came into the game averaging 40 points per contest with each game showing an improvement — 23, 39, 42, 55 and now 71. In fact, the blue and white surpassed their first game’s scoring in the first quarter Thursday night as they jumped out to a 23-6 lead.

Senior Laurel Mortensen led the way in the first quarter with 16 of her game-high 20 points.

“After the first quarter, we worked on offensive balance,” coach Mortensen said. “We were able to spread out the scoring and we’re coming together step by step.”

Senior Amanda Tomlinson chipped in 15 points and sophomore Brandie Telfer had 16 from the post in the win.

“Amanda had a good game shooting for us,” coach Mortensen said. “Brandie was the beneficiary of us being able to get the ball inside.”

In an effort to eliminate smaller schools and find more competition, Moffat County added this game to its schedule, but with the lopsided score it didn’t appear like Silver Creek was any more of a challenge than the smaller schools in this area. Coach Mortensen was more focused on the future potential of the match up.

“It appears like it was a mismatch right now but in a couple of years, this will be exactly what we want,” coach Mortensen said. “It is hard to get teams to come to Craig to play from the Front Range and this team is just starting to get good and it will be tough in the near future.”

The Bulldogs continue with their tour of the Front Range this afternoon with a game against another new school, Northridge, at 4 p.m.

“Northridge is ahead of Silver Creek with seniors at the school,” coach Mortensen said. “It should be a closer game for us.”

David Pressgrove can be reached at 824-7031 or

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