Thirty-three points. That was the gap between the Moffat County and Steamboat Springs girls basketball teams Saturday, though Sailors coach Ashley Berggren doesn't believe that is true.
Bulldogs coach Craig Mortensen said he was surprised by the 56-23 final score, but Moffat County left the Steamboat Springs gym with a league win and more confidence, finding offensive balance for the first time all season.
Three players were in double figures, and two additional girls had nine points in the rout.
"This is what we really need to do," Mortensen said. "We've not been as balanced as we need to be. We've got to hit some perimeter shots, or they will put five players down in the post."
Through the Bulldogs' first six games, senior post Brandie Telfer did most of the scoring. Saturday, she scored a game-high 13 points, but junior teammate Cortney Grandbouche had 13, as well.
Erin Robinson added 10, and Markie Workman and Donna Look each had nine points for the Bulldogs.
Senior Kayla Kostur scored 10, and junior Jessica Peters added eight for Steamboat.
If Moffat County can get equal offensive production from its post and perimeter players, as it did Saturday, the Bulldogs will have a good chance of regaining the Western Slope League title.
"We've been depending a lot on our post," Grandbouche said. "We've got to contribute, too."
Neither team looked like it wanted to win the game -- let alone hold on to the ball -- in the game's opening quarter. The Bulldogs and Sailors each scored just four points, turning the ball over every other possession.
Grandbouche contributed some of that to nerves. Obviously, the Bulldogs calmed down between the first and second quarters, scoring 26 points in the second to pull ahead 28-10 by halftime.
Moffat County never looked back, extending its 18-point halftime lead to 22 by the end of the third and 33 by the end of the fourth.
"Right now, my concern is our team," Berggren said. "It still comes down to developing a skilled basketball player. (We) are athletic and have the heart and determination. (We) played a really tough team (Saturday)."
The Sailors (2-7 overall, 0-1 in league) play again Friday. Steamboat hosts Palisade at 6 p.m. Steamboat defeated Palisade earlier this season. Moffat County improved to 7-1 overall with the win and jumped out to a quick 1-0 mark in the league.
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