Moffat County High School senior Kylie Bauman nails a jumper Friday against visiting Delta. The Bulldogs fell to the Panthers, 50-43.

Photo by John Vandelinder

Moffat County High School senior Kylie Bauman nails a jumper Friday against visiting Delta. The Bulldogs fell to the Panthers, 50-43.

Fourth quarter trips up girls

MCHS girls outscored late, fall to Delta

Game statistics

Score by quarter:

Team 1 2 3 4 total

DHS (2-5) 15 4 6 25 50

MCHS (5-7) 10 8 7 18 43

Individual scoring:

DHS: Jones 2 0-1 4, Alexander 0 0-0 0, Gieck 8 5-6 21, Cowden 0 0-0 0, Schaaff 0 0-0 0, Cromwell 0 0-0 0, Halverson 2 4-6 8, Roberson 7 0-0 15, Luna 0 0-0 0, Vieyra 1 0-0 2, Slaughter 0 0-0 0. Totals 20 (1) 9-13 50.

MCHS: Cleverly 0 0-0 0, Bauman 1 0-0 3, Snyder 0 0-1 0, Edington 4 0-0 10, Sanchez 5 3-3 14, Hathhorn 0 0-0 0, Nelson 4 3-5 11, Moser 0 0-0 0, Crofts 1 1-2 3, Yoast 0 0-0 0, Kawcak 0 0-2 0, Roberts 0 2-2 2. Totals 15 (4) 9-14 43.

Three-point baskets - Moffat County 4 (Edington 2, Sanchez, Bauman); Delta 1 (Roberson).

For the second time in as many games, the Moffat County girls varsity basketball team couldn't close the deal.

Tied with visiting Delta entering the final quarter of Friday's Western Slope League matchup, the Bulldogs gave up 20 fourth-quarter points, eventually falling to the Panthers, 45-41.

"We had a bunch of good shots," Bulldogs coach Craig Mortensen said, "and we played good defense the first three quarters. In the fourth quarter, we just broke down. We couldn't stop their dribble penetration."

The loss didn't come without some late-game drama.

Down 11, Moffat County's Ariel Sanchez converted a 3-point play and found Courtney Edington all alone in the left corner for a trey, pulling the Bulldogs within five.

Kylie Bauman hit a three to close the gap to 46-41, but Moffat County couldn't stop the Panthers' Alicia Gieck.

Gieck scored 15 of her game-high 21 points in the fourth quarter, sending the Bulldogs to their second consecutive home defeat.

"Gieck has that baseline look in one of our offensive sets," Panthers coach Matt Hamm said. "If she can take her man, she goes for it. The shot was there for her, and she came through."

Sanchez led the Moffat County offense, tallying 14 points in the defeat. Alicia Nelson added 11, Edington pitched in with 10.

Senior Ariel Halverson complimented Gieck's 21, scoring eight points of her own.

The 25 fourth-quarter points scored by Delta matched its entire offensive output through the game's first three frames.

Tied at six midway through the first quarter, Delta's Hannah Roberson scored five consecutive points, including a 3-pointer, giving the visitors their biggest lead of the night, 13-6.

Back-to-back buckets by seniors Sanchez and Nelson cut the deficit to five at the buzzer.

The Bulldogs (5-7 overall, 2-1 Western Slope League) held Delta (2-5 overall, 1-2 WSL) scoreless the first five minutes of the second frame, and Edington's trey with 2:43 left in the half gave Moffat County its first lead of the contest. A runner by Gieck halted Delta's scoring draught and helped the visitors to a one-point lead at the half (19-18).

The teams exchanged leads four times in the third quarter and headed into the final period tied at 25.

Junior varsity

MCHS 58, Delta 49

Junior Jesse Moser tallied a team-high 15 points for the Bulldogs. Sophomore Lauren Roberts pitched in with 14. Jennifer Graff scored 12 points to lead the Panthers. Sophomore Tiffany Schaaf pitched in with nine.

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

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