Moffat County girls hoops ready to shake off early losses, recapture Western Slope League title | CraigDailyPress.com

Moffat County girls hoops ready to shake off early losses, recapture Western Slope League title

Moffat County High School's Kinlie Brennise goes for a close jumper during a game against Steamboat Springs. MCHS girls basketball travels Friday and Saturday to Gunnison and Olathe.
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With the early season behind them, Moffat County High School girls basketball are looking ahead to retain their ongoing streak as the top team in the 3A Western Slope League.

The conference schedule begins Friday for Bulldog teams with a road game in Gunnison and action following Saturday in Olathe.

The 6-3 Moffat County squad will seek a pair of victories against the Cowboys and Pirates, each 3-5, to start off on the right foot and make a statement to the rest of the 3A WSL.

Lady Bulldogs currently rank sixth in the league in total win percentage, with Grand Valley and Delta tied for the top honors, both at 6-1.

Colorado High School Activities Association’s Thursday update of the Ratings Percentage Index put the Delta Panthers at second overall in the 3A division, behind only Colorado Springs Christian. The Grand Valley Cardinals are only a short way down the list at No. 7, while fellow WSL teams Cedaredge (5-2) and Roaring Fork (7-3) are ninth and 13th.

MCHS girls originally were in the 3A top five based on pre-season polls but are now ranked 25th after taking tournament defeats in December that impacted their standings.

Right behind the Bulldogs in RPI is Coal Ridge at 28th, with the Titans opening the league slate Wednesday with a 51-35 win over 1-8 Basalt, the Longhorns ranked last in the conference and 58th of 72 3A teams.

Lady Dogs, who lead the league in total points, will be back on their home floor Jan. 18 and 19, hosting Grand Valley and Cedaredge as they seek to build momentum for the remainder of the season.

The Cardinals and Bruins were two of the toughest foes MoCo girls faced last season, though the Bulldogs bested both to move to a league championship and defeated the Cards again at the district tourney for their sixth straight title.

Before winter break, the MCHS basketball teams stayed in shooting shape as they hosted their annual Hoop-a-Thon fundraiser, raising more than $4,000 combined between community pledges and a chili dinner.

Organizer Keri Hamilton noted that the girls team gained more than twice the pledges of boys.

“A huge thanks to everyone that came to watch, eat chili and pledge players. The community support was great,” she said.