Scrimmages ‘bad and good’ over weekend |

Scrimmages ‘bad and good’ over weekend

David Pressgrove

During pre-season scrimmages, the scoreboard is kept off since the fundamentals and getting prepared for the season are supposed to be the focus. But, for the most part, teams are usually aware of what the score might be.

“I think it’s a habit to want to know what the score is,” said Moffat County High School girls basketball coach Craig Mortensen. “If you’re missing shots and the other team is making them, you have a pretty good idea that you aren’t playing well.”

On Saturday, Mortensen took his team to Eagle Valley for three scrimmages against Eagle Valley, Roaring Fork and Western Slope Conference foe Rifle. While the scoreboard was off, the Bulldogs had an unofficial scorekeeper in the crowd.

“My mom kept score for us,” said senior Jeni Jones. “I’m not sure if I’m supposed to say that, but we wanted to know.”

The Bulldogs started off against Roaring Fork and they knew that the scoreboard wouldn’t have been in their favor at the beginning of the game.

“We didn’t execute very well that first game,” Mortensen said. “We didn’t get back on defense and, when we were missing shots, we didn’t work for the better one.”

Jones agreed with her coach.

“It looked like we hadn’t played basketball in a year,” she said. “We couldn’t hold onto the ball and didn’t move our feet on defense at all.”

With the poor play, the unofficial scorer had the Bulldogs up by three when the final whistle blew.

Mortensen said he thought the day was “bad and good” with the good part coming in the next two games.

In the second game, against Eagle Valley, the Bulldogs played more aggressively and in control and, according to Mortensen, “had an easier time with Eagle Valley.”

The final contest was what MoCo was looking forward to the most because it was against Rifle, who the Bulldogs believe should be one of the top returning teams in the league.

The MCHS team was happy with its performance.

“I thought we executed pretty well against Rifle,” Mortensen said.

“We looked more like a decent basketball team when we played them,” Jones said.

Jones estimated the unofficial score at 34-24.

The Bulldogs will hit the hardwood back home this week to prepare for their first action where parents don’t have to tally in the stands and they travel to Vernal, Utah, for a tournament.

“The Utah schools are a week ahead of us because they started their season already,” Mortensen said. “So we’ll have a challenge because we might be up against teams with two or three games under their belts.”

The scrimmages served their purpose for Jones, who said the team is aware of what it needs to work on before the opening tournament.

“We didn’t move our feet very well on the defensive end,” Jones said. “If they would have been keeping fouls, half of our team might have fouled out in the scrimmages.”

David Pressgrove can be reached at 824-7031 or

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