MCHS senior Oscar Ramos breaks through the visiting Grand Junction High School defense Tuesday during the first home game of the season. The Bulldogs fell, 68-54, to the Tigers.

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MCHS senior Oscar Ramos breaks through the visiting Grand Junction High School defense Tuesday during the first home game of the season. The Bulldogs fell, 68-54, to the Tigers.

Moffat County teams swept in home opener

Boys, girls let late leads slip against Grand Junction

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Moffat County High School senior Kylie Bauman shoots past the Grand Junction High School defense Tuesday. The Bulldogs lost their home-opener, 52-42, to the Tigers.

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From left, Ryan Lueck, Tanner Snyder and Preston Colvin cheer on the Moffat County High School boys basketball team Tuesday. The boys, members of the Craig Middle School basketball team, were showing their support for the Bulldogs in their first home game of the season.

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Tammy Rogers cheers Tuesday during the Moffat County High School girls basketball game against visiting Grand Junction High School

Boys statistics

Score by quarter:

Team 1 2 3 4 total

GJHS (4-5) 23 13 13 19 68

MCHS (6-4) 16 18 16 4 54

Individual scoring:

GJHS: Winder 2 4-4 10, Powers 0 0-0 0, Trujillo 2 0-0 4, Baldwin 13 5-8 32, Wilkinson 2 3-4 7, Robinson 6 2-2 15. Totals 25 (2) 16-27 68.

MCHS: Ramos 1 0-0 2,Willbanks 4 1-2 9, Jackson 3 0-0 7, Peters 2 0-0 4, Camilletti 0 0-0 0, Noble 2 2-2 8, Owens 7 5-8 19, Wilson 2 1-2 5. Totals 21 (3) 9-14 54.

Three-point baskets - Moffat County 3 (Noble 2, Jackson); Grand Junction 2 (Robinson, Baldwin).

Girls statistics

Score by quarter:

Team 1 2 3 4 OT total

GJHS (3-7) 9 12 8 10 13 52

MCHS (5-5) 11 8 8 12 3 42

Individual scoring:

GJHS: Mims 2 1-2 5, Drake 1 0-0 2, Kelly 0 0-0 0, F. Brady 1 2-2 4, S. Brady 0 0-0 0, Ritter 2 2-2 6, Derrieux 3 1-1 7, Heaps 0 0-2 0, Lage 6 5-8 17, Dohm 0 0-0 0, Essman 1 3-6 5, Hughes 4 2-3 11. Totals 19 (1) 13-20 52.

MCHS: Bauman 0 2-2 2, Snyder 2 0-0 4, Edington 5 0-2 13, Sanchez 1 9-12 11, Nelson 3 2-4 10, Moser 0 0-0 0, Crofts 4 1-1 9, Yoast 2 1-1 5, Kawcak 1 3-6 5, Roberts 1 0-2 2. Totals 12 (5) 13-18 42.

Three-point baskets - Moffat County 5 (Edington 3, Nelson 2); Grand Junction 1 (Hughes).

High School basketball is a 32-minute game.

It proved to be eight too many for the Moffat County varsity boys team Tuesday night.

The Bulldogs were outscored, 19-4, in the final eight minutes of their 2008-09 home opener, falling, 68-54, to Grand Junction.

"The same thing that's been happening the last few games, happened again," MCHS coach Steve Maneotis said. "We just aren't finishing games."

The Bulldogs (6-4 overall, 2-0 Western Slope League) held a one-point lead heading into the final frame but couldn't match up with Tigers big man, Geoff Baldwin. Baldwin scored 12 of his game-high 32 points in the final frame, guiding the visitors to the 14-point win.

"That guy just killed us," Maneotis said. "He's one heck of an athlete. A great player made some great plays, and beat us."

Senior Chayton Owens, who tallied 19 points in the loss, led the Bulldogs.

Kelton Willbanks pitched in with nine, and Thomas Noble added eight.

While Moffat County pondered the late lead slip, Grand Junction (6-4 overall, 0-0 Southwestern League - 5A) finished its nonleague schedule on a high note.

"This is a great way to go into conference play," Tigers coach Dutch Johnson said. "To grit out a win, on the road, against a really well-coached team, is definitely a huge positive."

Midway through the second period, point guard Mike Peters found Owens with an alley-oop, cutting Grand Junction's seven-point lead to five.

Noble's trey with 2:40 left before the half gave the Bulldogs their first lead of the game and a two-point lead at the half.

The teams exchanged leads throughout the third and headed into the final frame with Moffat County ahead, 50-49.

Baldwin scored six consecutive points to begin the fourth quarter, setting up the come-from-behind win.

Notes:

Moffat County fell to 0-2 against 5A competition this year, and 1-2 against the Southwestern League.

Bulldog girls fall in OT

Leading Grand Junction, 39-37, and the closing seconds ticking away against visiting Grand Junction, all was good in Moffat County High School girls basketball.

Until the time on the clock ran out.

The Tigers (3-7 overall, 0-0 Southwestern Conference - 5A) made two free throws with no time remaining in regulation, then pulled away for a 52-42 overtime victory to spoil the Bulldogs' 2008-09 home opener.

"Turnovers killed us," MCHS coach Craig Mortensen said. "I felt, with only a few seconds left, and a two-point lead, we were looking pretty good. But, sometimes that stuff happens."

Tiger sophomore Paula Lage scored 8 of her team-high 17 points in the four-minute extra period.

"We haven't won that many games this year, so it shows a lot about the resolve of the team," Tigers coach Sam Provenza said. "They never quit. They wanted to play all the way to the end. They did, and beyond."

Moffat County (5-6 overall, 2-0 Western Slope League), had three players finish in double figures, led by Courtney Edington's 13. Ariel Sanchez tallied 11, and Alicia Nelson finished with 10.

Nelson and Edington combined to score all 11 Moffat County points in the first period, as the Bulldogs connected from downtown three times earning an eight-point lead. Back-to-back buckets by Tigers' Cassidie Mims, followed by a steal and subsequent layup by Paula Lage, pulled the visitors within two at the buzzer.

The Tigers held the Bulldogs scoreless the first five minutes of the second quarter, taking a 15-11 lead.

The Bulldogs retook the lead on a jumper by Amanda Snyder combined with Edington's second trey of the night. Grand Junction closed the first half with a 6-0 run, but Edington's third trey - with three seconds left - pulled the Bulldogs within two (21-19) at the half.

Both teams endured a five-minute scoring drought to begin the second half, then scored in bunches the final three.

Lindsey Yoast tied the game for the Bulldogs, igniting a span of six consecutive lead changes to end the frame. With her team trailing, 27-26, Tigers senior Lisa Hughes hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer putting the visitors up one entering the final quarter.

The Bulldogs made 7-of-10 free throws in the game's final minute but were called for a foul on a last-second 3-point attempt by Lisa Hughes. Hughes missed the first, but made the last two with no time on the clock, forcing the extra frame.

Notes:

Tuesday's game was the first meeting between the schools in girls basketball. : Moffat County fell to 1-4 against 5A schools this season.

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