Moffat County High School seniors, from left, Kylie Bauman, Alicia Nelson, Courtney Edington and Danette Crofts celebrate after their victory Friday against D'Evelyn High School. The Bulldogs needed overtime to dispatch the No. 5 seed Jaguar to advance to the Sweet 16.

Photo by Hans Hallgren

Moffat County High School seniors, from left, Kylie Bauman, Alicia Nelson, Courtney Edington and Danette Crofts celebrate after their victory Friday against D'Evelyn High School. The Bulldogs needed overtime to dispatch the No. 5 seed Jaguar to advance to the Sweet 16.

Bulldogs girls basketball outlasts Jaguar in overtime, 53-49

Girls basketball statistics

MCHS 53 D'Evelyn 49

Individual scoring:

DHS: Branson 0 0-0 0, Kalkus 0 0-0 0, K. Pittman 2 0-0 4, Neely 3 3-6 10, Battelli 0 0-0 0, R. Reinke 3 2-2 11, Horn 0 0-0 0, Maxwell 1 0-0 3, H. Reinke 3 5-5 12, Meggison 0 3-4 3, Reisenger 0 0-0 0, B. Pittman 2 0-2 6. Totals 14 (8) 13-17 49.

MCHS: Cleverly 0 0-0 0, Bauman 1 1-3 3, Snyder 0 0-0 0, Edington 6 3-4 21, Sanchez 0 8-8 8, Hathhorn 0 0-0 0, Nelson 4 1-6 11, Moser 0 0-0 0, Crofts 2 0-2 4, Ivers 0 0-0 0, Kawcak 2 0-0 4, Roberts 0 2-4 2. Totals 15 (8) 15-27 53.

Three-point baskets - D'Evelyn 8 (R. Reinke 3, B. Pittman 2, Neely, Maxwell, H. Reinke); Moffat County 8 (Edington 6, Nelson 2)

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Moffat County High School senior Danette Crofts looks for an opening Friday against D'Evelyn High School. The Bulldogs outlasted the Jaguar, 53-49.

Thirty-two minutes just wasn't enough.

The Moffat County High School girls basketball team outscored visiting D'Evelyn, 10-6, in the first overtime period Friday night, pulling out a 53-49 Sweet 16-clinching victory.

"We just chipped away, clawed away and scratched out the win," MCHS coach Craig Mortensen said. "They girls are playing hard and working hard. This is absolutely what the high school basketball tournament is all about. We had a great crowd, and they got their money's worth."

Bulldog senior Courtney Edington drained six 3-pointers on her way to scoring a game-high 21 points in the win.

Alicia Nelson contributed 11, and Ariel Sanchez was perfect from the free throw line, finishing with eight points.

Three players scored in double figures to lead the Jaguar.

Holly Reinke tallied 12 points, Rachel Reinke closed with 11, and Madalyn Neely finished with 10.

"We have no reason to hang our heads," Jaguar coach Chris Olson said. "This team achieved a ton of great things this year. We won the most games in school history, broke the record for threes in a season and gave it our all. We'll be back again next year."

Moffat County clamped on the defensive pressure from the game's opening tip, holding the Jaguar scoreless the entire first period.

"I think we kind of surprised them with our pressure there early on," Mortensen said. "That's who we are. It was effective. They had a lot of turnovers, and it helped us set a tempo."

Alicia Nelson pitched in on both ends of the floor, scoring five points in the frame and held the Jaguar leading scorer Krystal Pittman (20.1 ppg) off the scoreboard until the fourth quarter.

Pittman also found herself in foul trouble early and sat out most of the second and third quarters.

"She's one of the best players in the state," Olson said. "That's why I'm so proud of the kids. They played really well without her."

Two free throws by Ariel Sanchez and a 3-pointer by Courtney Edington put the visitors up, 10-0, heading into the second period.

But, the Bulldogs' tempo didn't last long.

D'Evelyn broke through the Moffat County defense in the second, outscoring the Bulldogs by eight to close to within two points at the half, 20-18.

"We handled their pressure much better," Olson said about the second quarter turnaround. "We settled down and were able to run our offense."

A free throw by Holly Reinke pulled D'Evelyn within two, 22-20, and a 3-pointer by Neely pushed the fifth-seed Jaguar (18-7 overall, 8-4 Jefferson County League) to their first lead of the game, 23-22.

Edington answered with a three of her own, igniting a seesaw battle that saw five lead changes until the quarter ended with the Bulldogs on top, 33-31.

Pittman scored her first basket of the game to tie the contest, and a bucket by Neely put the visitors up two.

But, Edington struck again from downtown, refusing to let the visitors pull away.

"I just kept shooting," Edington said. "Mort told me to be a threat, so that's what I did."

Ahead by three with 29.1 seconds left in regulation, Moffat County couldn't hold on.

Holly Reinke was fouled on a layup and drained the free throw to complete the three-point play, tying the game, 43-43, with 17 seconds left.

Nelson had a chance to win the game in regulation from the free throw line but couldn't find the bottom of the net, sending the game into overtime.

"Either way, we weren't going to lose," Nelson said about missing the shots. "I was just hoping they would go in. I got in the zone, they just didn't fall."

D'Evelyn pulled ahead by four, 47-43, on Rachel Reinke's third 3-pointer of the night, but Nelson drained a bucket from downtown, closing the gap to one point with 2:25 to play in the extra frame.

"I think so," Nelson said about getting a bit of redemption by draining the shot from downtown after missing two potential game-winning free throws. "We just kept working hard. We had some ups and downs, but we came through and played as a team."

Senior Danette Crofts blocked a shot, igniting a fast break for Moffat County (16-8 overall, 12-2 Western Slope League).

Sanchez calmly knocked down two free throws, and the Bulldogs were back on top, 48-47.

Kylie Bauman made a bucket from the stripe and Crofts' rebound-put back extended Moffat County's lead to four, 51-47.

"When we got up four, I knew we had it," Edington said. "That first basket we made, I knew we had it."

The Bulldogs play the winner of No. 1 seed Broomfield (23-0) and No. 9 Castle View (10-13) in the Sweet 16 on Thursday.

Game time, and site, will be determined Sunday.

Notes:

The teams combined to make 13 shots from the field but drained 16 from beyond the arc.

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

Comments

amankra 5 years, 5 months ago

Enjoy the win girls! And good luck against Broomfield! As it will be your last game!!

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calvinhobbs 5 years, 5 months ago

What a game!!!! NO ONE thought after losing 6 seniors last year they would make it this far. Good luck against Broomfield, we will be cheering for you!

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mustang 5 years, 5 months ago

Amankra, I am not sure how to take your comment. It sounds a little sarcastic and very rude. I would like to congratulate the girls, it was a very exciting game! I wish you all the luck on your next game and hope you come away with another win for MCHS. GO Lady Bulldogs!!!!!

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pinerider7 5 years, 5 months ago

Amankra, I am hoping that you are a Broomfield resident with a comment like that. If not you should look into becoming one!
Great Game Lady Bulldogs!!!! Most excellent defense. You gals played your hearts out.
Go show Broomfield who you are and move on to the elite eight!!!!!!!!!

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greeneyedgurl 5 years, 5 months ago

I believe amankra has hard feelings towards Mortensen-read back to the article that was done about him on his career accomplishments. In some aspects I don't blame this person. I know how the high school sports are in this town. I've seen it in football more times than not and it shouldn't matter who your parents are or what your name is; whether you get to play or not shouldn't have to be a popularity contest. Maybe I'm wrong on amankra but that's the feeling i got on the Mortensen posts. Anyhow, i also wish the lady bulldogs well in their Broomfield game.

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AltitudeAdjustment 5 years, 5 months ago

So Broomfield is #1 and undefeated. If you want to win the state title you have to play the best eventually, so you might as well get it over as early as possible! I am sure Broomfield is looking right past MCHS and you girls can take it to them. Knock Broomfield off and the rest of the state will be scared crapless of you. Good luck Ladies.

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buck523 5 years, 5 months ago

Amankra, here is my two cents worth for what it matters. I understand you have an issue with a coach. That is perfectly fine. My problem is that you are insulting a group of young women who are not part of your problem, or at least have not caused it. They have not went out of their way to cause you unhappiness. For these girls, they need our support and need to know we are behind them. They have their dreams and are trying to realize them. Your comments do nothing but bring them down. Let's focus on the young women who are pursuing their dreams instead of ripping on them because you hate the coach. Go Moffat County Lady Bulldogs.......

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