Craig Middle School eighth-grader Bailey Hellander drives past a player from visiting Meeker High School on Saturday. The Bulldogs won the matchup, 35-25, against the Cowboys.

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Craig Middle School eighth-grader Bailey Hellander drives past a player from visiting Meeker High School on Saturday. The Bulldogs won the matchup, 35-25, against the Cowboys.

CMS girls basketball reaching for perfection

Team sweeps Saturday doubleheader, remains unbeaten

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CMS girls results

Jan. 9 at Steamboat W 30-8

Jan. 10 at Meeker W 34-22

Jan. 17 vs. Rangely W 30-22

Jan. 24 at Steamboat W 34-16

Jan. 27 vs. Hayden W 45-3

Jan. 31 vs. Baggs W 31-28

Jan. 31 vs. Meeker W 35-25

Remaining schedule:

Feb. 5 at Baggs 5 p.m.

Feb. 7 at Rangely 9 a.m.

Feb. 14 at Meeker "A" Tourney TBD

Little has stood in the way of the Craig Middle School girls basketball team so far this season.

Saturday was no different.

The Bulldogs pushed past visiting Baggs Middle School, 31-28, and Meeker Middle School, 35-25, improving to 7-0 on the year.

Being "undefeated isn't our main goal," CMS coach Diana Booco said. "Of course we want to win, but at the same time, we just want to get better. Win or lose."

The Bulldogs hosted Baggs in the first game of the Saturday doubleheader.

Leading by as many as 10 points heading into the final frame, the Bulldogs had to withstand a late Rattlers run before holding on for the 31-28 win.

Kora Finneman scored a game-high 14 points to lead the Bulldogs. Bailey Hellander (five), Kyleen Ellgen (four), Makayla Camilletti (four) and Jesse Scott (two) rounded out the CMS offense.

"We played really well on the perimeter and forced a lot of turnovers," Booco said about the Game 1 victory. "We adapted to what they were playing (defensively) and Bailey had a good game."

Hellander scored four quick points to lead off Game 2. Meeker cut the gap to 5-2 with a layup, but CMS reeled off six consecutive points to go up by nine.

Back-to-back buckets by the Cowboys cut the deficit to five at the end of the first quarter, but a basket by Bulldog Tori Snyder midway through the second pushed the home team's lead to double digits, 17-6.

Scoreless the frame's first four minutes, Meeker closed the half with a 9-0 run to pull within two, 17-15.

The Bulldogs came out of the break fired up, reeling off eight consecutive points to pull away to a 10-point lead entering the final quarter.

Meeker got as close as five points midway through the period, but buckets by Bulldogs Kyleen Ellgen and Lisa Camilletti sealed a perfect home record for CMS.

"I told the girls that they were in control of the game, and it was just a matter of how they wanted to end it," Booco said.

"We worked the ball well in our offense and got some good shots," she said.

Hellander led the Bulldogs with 12 points. Finneman pitched in with eight, and Ellgen added six.

CMS closes out the season with two consecutive road games (Feb. 5 at Baggs, and Feb. 7 at Rangely), and then travels to Meeker Feb. 14 for a season-ending tournament.

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