Scrimmages provide early look at Moffat County basketball chemistry
Practice makes perfect, and athletes on the Moffat County High School basketball court are working out the kinks early.
Scrimmages before the official start of the schedule have MCHS hoopsters thinking competitively, and while Bulldog boys will travel to Grand Junction this weekend to get into game mode, their female counterparts are taking a respite after a long set of their own practice games.
Moffat County girls hosted varsity and JV scrimmages Nov. 18 with Steamboat Springs, Soroco, Hayden and Meeker mixing it up throughout the day in the Doghouse.
Though the scoreboard was lit up, it stayed at 0-0 and was only used for the clock as per CHSAA scrimmage rules. Having no score also let players worry about the action on the floor rather than the numbers on the wall.
To keep things moving swiftly, each game only lasted for two quarters of eight minutes apiece, though MCHS coach Kenley Nebeker would have preferred a little lengthier timeframe.
“Getting back into it and competing with somebody else is a big deal,” he said. “We’re hoping this can be a yearly thing for everyone to get going early and see where we’re at.”
Nebeker rotated in five girls at a time at first before mixing and matching one or two subs to see how certain skill sets could play off each other.
“What I’m really looking for is chemistry, how they play together,” he said.
The day of constant back and forth was invaluable for his crew, he said, adding that rosters are by no means set in stone leading up to the group’s first games at Meeker’s White River Electric Cowboy Shootout Nov. 30 to Dec. 2.
“It’s way up in the air and could change every game as they all kind of separate themselves,” he said. “If we keep competing the way we are, it’ll be tough to decide. We’re pretty deep and solid all around.”
The first game scenario outside of regular practice let players regain their footing, in some cases more literally so than others.
Among the varsity players gaining minutes during the scrimmages was Quinn Pinnt, back in business this winter following damage to her ACL and meniscus near the end of last season.
Pinnt recently was cleared medically to play again this winter and intends to make up for lost time.
“It feels really good, there’s so much excitement getting back out there,” she said. “We’re playing really good, good communication and bonding with each other. I really think we can make it to state this year.”
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