Tuesday, January 10, 2006
The transition from shooting guard to point guard is going quite well for Moffat County sophomore Angie Charchalis.
The Bulldogs suffered the unfortunate loss of senior point guard Cortney Grandbouche in practice Thursday. Charchalis moved into the spot and helped guide the Bulldogs to a 72-37 win against Steamboat Springs on Tuesday night.
"I have a lot more responsibility," she said. "But for scoring, it doesn't make that much of a difference."
Charchalis hit four 3-pointers and scored a game-high 20 points for the 11-0 Bulldogs. Moffat coach Craig Mortensen said that if the offense is running the way it is designed, Charchalis should get her shots no matter what position she's playing.
"We should either be scoring off of layups or off of running our offense to get people open," he said. "After those first couple of passes, anybody can score."
Moffat County had eight players score. Charchalis, sophomore Markie Workman and junior Cayla Maneotis scored in double figures. Workman had 18 points, and Maneotis added 12 for the Bulldogs.
The Bulldogs' defense set up the win when they held the Sailors to four points in the first quarter. In the second quarter, Moffat's offense woke up.
Charchalis had two 3-pointers and 10 points in the quarter as the Bulldogs put up 26 points and earned a 37-10 lead at halftime.
The Sailors were able to put up 27 points in the second half, led by senior Missy Chotvacs' eight points in the third quarter, but it may have been out of reach even before the game started.
"We were so unconfident," Chotvacs said. "Girls came into tonight thinking we had already lost."
The Sailors have struggled this season with a 2-8 record.
"Last year, we depended on one player," Chotvacs said. "This year, we all need to play well as a team."
The Bulldogs might be the models the Sailors would like to follow.
"It's hard to stop us when everyone out there can score," Mortensen said. "We weren't hitting on all cylinders tonight, but we had girls like (junior) Ashleigh (Mann) and (sophomore) Jorgiea (Raftopoulos) come out and hit some shots."
The two combined for 12 points.
"Moffat is hard to stop because they play like a team," Chotvacs said. "We want that."
During the weekend, the Sailors lost, 42-38, against Delta on Friday and 54-40 against Palisade on Saturday.