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Moffat takes a pair from Huskies

John Vandelinder
Vail, CO Colorado
Special to the Daily/Hans HalgrenBattle Mountain junior Adriana Morken goes for the lay-up against Moffat CountyFriday in Craig. Morken scored a team-high eight points in the Huskies' 67-17 loss.

CRAIG, Colorado ” Business as usual.

At least that’s how the Bulldogs acted during Friday night’s girls basketball game against visiting Battle Mountain.

It just took them a while to get warmed up.

Moffat County used a 25-3 second quarter to separate themselves from the Huskies, on their way to a convincing 67-17 victory.

“We are playing better,” Bulldogs coach Craig Mortensen said. “You can sort of see a little swagger to the girls now. They are playing with a lot of confidence.”

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The victory was the sixth in a row for the Bulldogs (10-7 overall, 7-1 in the 4A Slope ), and sent Battle Mountain (0-17 overall, 0-8 WSL) to its 26th consecutive defeat dating back to the 2007-08 season.

“They came out fired up in that second quarter,” Huskies coach Andrew Schmid said. “That was the difference. We hung in there through the first, but we just couldn’t keep up with them.”

Moffat senior Danette Crofts lead three Moffat County players in double figures, finishing with a game-high 13 points. Senior Ariel Sanchez and sophomore Lauren Roberts added 10 points each.

Junior Adriana Morken paced the Huskies with eight.

Huskies’ streak ends at two

Stinging from Tuesday’s loss at rival Steamboat Springs, the Bulldogs took their frustration out Friday night on the visiting Huskies.

Moffat County scored 27 points in the second quarter ” five fewer than it scored through four quarters Tuesday – blowing open the game against Battle Mountain on its way to an 72-41 victory.

“We learned from that loss,” Moffat coach Steve Maneotis said. “Our full-court pressure defense helped us get back to our style of game. It showed out there (Friday).”

The Huskies (2-13 overall, 2-6 in the Slope) had won two consecutive games for the first time this season entering the contest.

“We came in here confident we could get the job done,” Battle Mountain coach Philip Tronsrue said. “But, we ran into that No. 34 out there. He killed us.”

Tronsrue was talking about Moffat senior Chayton Owens, who scored a game-high 31 points to lead the Bulldogs (10-7, 6-2) ” 11 of which came in the deciding second quarter.

Bulldogs senior Kelton Willbanks pitched in with 12.

Senior Mitch Cooley, who finished with nine points, led the Huskies. Edward Banegas and Shawn Martinez contributed to the Battle Mountain attack with seven points each.

The Battle Mountain boys are home today against Evergreen at 4:30 p.m.

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