The Craig Middle School girls basketball team celebrates with the championship trophy the team won Feb. 14 in Meeker. The Bulldogs finished the season 12-0. Front row, from left: Dakota Lee, Sassy Murray, Tori Snyder and Jessie Scott. Back row, from left; Lisa Camilletti, Makayla Camilletti, Kori Finneman, Bailey Hollander, Kylee Ellgen, Molly Nations, Britni Harrington and Andi Daugherty.

Photo by John Vandelinder

The Craig Middle School girls basketball team celebrates with the championship trophy the team won Feb. 14 in Meeker. The Bulldogs finished the season 12-0. Front row, from left: Dakota Lee, Sassy Murray, Tori Snyder and Jessie Scott. Back row, from left; Lisa Camilletti, Makayla Camilletti, Kori Finneman, Bailey Hollander, Kylee Ellgen, Molly Nations, Britni Harrington and Andi Daugherty.

CMS girls basketball wins championship, finishes season 12-0

Craig Middle School girls basketball

Regular season results:

Jan. 9, at Steamboat, W 30-8

Jan. 10, at Meeker, W 34-22

Jan. 17, vs. Rangely, W 30-27

Jan. 24, at Steamboat, W 34-16

Jan. 27, Hayden, W 45-3

Jan. 29, at Soroco, W 30-10

Jan. 31, vs. Baggs, W 31-28

Jan. 31, vs. Meeker, W 35-25

Feb. 5, at Baggs, W 27-24

Feb. 7, at Rangely, W 39-35

Championship tournament - Meeker

Feb. 14, vs. Steamboat , W 28-18

Feb. 14, vs. Rangely, W 20-13

Final individual stats

Name, games, total points, ppg

Hollander, 12, 101, 8.4

Finneman, 12, 85, 7.1

Ellgen, 12, 50, 4.2

Murray, 12, 44, 3.7

M. Camilletti12, 27, 2.3

Scott , 12, 26, 2.2

Snyder, 12, 23, 1.9

L. Camilletti, 12, 14, 1.2

Nations, 12, 13, 1.1

Daugherty, 2, 4, 2.0

Individually, they love to gossip about boys, watch cartoons and worry about their hair.

Together, they play hide and seek, bang their heads to music on bus rides and scare one another when given the opportunity.

Typical actions of middle school girls, right?

Maybe so. But, on a basketball court, they haul in rebounds, make crisp bounce passes and drain jump shots.

And win.

The Craig Middle School girls eighth-grade basketball team wrapped up its season Feb. 14 in Meeker with a 20-13 championship-clinching victory against Rangely.

"It was a fun year," coach Diana Booco said. "These girls worked hard, stayed focused and had a good time doing it. I'm really proud of how they played, night in and night out."

The championship clinching victory boosted CMS to a 12-0 record on the year.

But, the dozen wins didn't come without hard work.

"These girls never backed down from anything," Booco said. "We had some close games this year, but we finished the season undefeated. What more could you ask for?"

From their season-opening 30-8 victory Jan. 9 at Steamboat Springs to the season-ending seven-point win against the Panthers, Booco said the Bulldogs played "perfect team basketball."

"They all got along," Booco said. "They shared the ball well and never put an individual ahead of the team. They worked together great all season long."

Talking to them when they posed for photos Thursday, it was evident the team came first.

They giggled, told jokes and did their pre-game ritual.

But, each admitted they are good friends who just happened to play hoops together.

"We are all friends, and we are all cool with each other," Kylee Ellgen said. "That's the only way we got to win every game. It's from working together."

They agreed that the toughest games of the year were against Baggs Middle School.

The Bulldogs edged the Rattlers by three points twice - Jan. 31 and Feb. 5.

"They are a really scrappy team," Dakota Lee said.

"Let's put it like this," Jessie Scott said. "They were the only team that actually played like a team, besides us."

Besides wining, the team said some of the most fun is had on the bus rides to games.

"We put our headphones on and jam out to Fergalicious," Scott said. "These two are the best headbangers. Every time we'd turn a corner they'd fall out of their seats."

Scott was pointing to Bailey Hollander and Kori Finneman.

Besides banging their heads, Hollander and Finneman knocked their opponents around on the court, as well.

Hollander led the team in scoring, averaging 8.4 points per game, while Finneman was close behind with 7.1.

"It was never about who was going to score the most points," Booco said. "They always just played to win."

The Bulldogs lost one game the past two years.

Now that they have won all they can as middle-schoolers, are they ready to carry that success with them to the high school level?

"Yeah," they all shouted in unison.

Next up for the team is AAU basketball, which started Thursday.

John Vandelinder can be reached at 875-1793 or jvandelinder@craigdailypress.com

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