Seventh-graders claim league title in Rangely

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The seventh-grade girls basketball teams put together two solid games on Saturday to claim the district title, while the eighth-graders earned a third-place finish.

The seventh-graders started the tournament by eliminating the host team from Rangely, 25-11. In the title game, the Bullpups edged the Meeker Cowboys, 36-32.

Against the Rangely Panthers, MaRanda Camilleti paced the team with nine points and Brandi Telfer finished with six points.

"In the first game, we played really well against Rangley," said seventh-grade girls coach Norm Yoast. "The girls came out at a nice, steady pace. They played outstanding defense and they boxed out really well. We played an excellent defensive game."

According to Yoast, in the title game the Bullpups began the game against Meeker sluggish but ended on fire.

"In the second game we started out a little flat," said Yoast. "We were down 15-7 after the first quarter. We tied up the game at halftime at 22-22. We went up by six after three quarters and then we pulled it out to beat Meeker."

Against the Cowboys, Telfer exploded for 17 points and Emily Sperl finished with eight points.

"Brandi (Telfer) was shooting really well," said Yoast. "She was also getting a lot of second and third shots. She was really controlling the boards. The team peaked at the right time."

The eighth-graders dropped a 28-25 decision to the Steamboat Springs Sailors in the opening round. In the game for third and fourth place the Bullpups bounced back to run past the Meeker Cowboys, 39-26.

"The Steamboat Springs game was real close," said eighth-grade coach Diana Booco. "There were a lot of emotions on both sides and we just came up a little short. I was pleased with the way they came back and played against Meeker.

"Overall, we had a good season and the girls will be back next year when they are freshmen at the high school."

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