Moffat County High School senior Ariel Sanchez knocks down a jumper Saturday against visiting Palisade. Sanchez led the team in scoring for the fourth consecutive game, guiding MCHS to its first home win of the season.

Photo by John Vandelinder

Moffat County High School senior Ariel Sanchez knocks down a jumper Saturday against visiting Palisade. Sanchez led the team in scoring for the fourth consecutive game, guiding MCHS to its first home win of the season.

MCHS girls earn 1st home victory

Moffat County dispatches Palisade, 45-34

Girls basketball statistics:

MCHS 45 Palisade 36

Score by quarter:

Team 1 2 3 4 total

PHS (1-11) 6 8 11 11 36

MCHS (6-7) 7 14 12 12 45

Individual scoring:

PHS: Hays 4 3-6 11, Castleton 0 0-0 0, Routhier 1 0-0 2, Shafer 2 0-0 4, Brown 1 0-0 2, Odneal 8 1-1 17, Peters 0 0-0 0, Barnes 0 0-0 0, Heutzenroeder 0 0-0 0. Totals 16 (0) 4-7 36.

MCHS: Bauman 0 0-0 0, Snyder 0 0-0 0, Edington 3 0-0 6, Sanchez 6 1-2 15, Hathhorn 0 0-0 0, Nelson 3 3-7 10, Moser 1 0-0 2, Crofts 4 0-0 8, Yoast 1 0-0 2, Kawcak 1 0-0 2. Totals 19 (3) 4-9 45.

Three-point baskets - Moffat County 3 (Sanchez 2, Nelson); Palisade none.

The third time was a charm.

The Moffat County High School girls basketball team did something Saturday it hasn't done so far in the 2008-09 season.

Win at home.

The Bulldogs dispatched the visiting Palisade Bulldogs, 45-34, picking up their first home win of the season.

"It feels good," MCHS coach Craig Mortensen said, downplaying the accomplishment. "Anytime you get a win is good."

Moffat County (6-7 overall, 3-1 WSL) took control of the game in the second period and clamped down defensively from there.

Senior Ariel Sanchez scored six of her game-high 15 points in the quarter, and she constantly found open teammates for easy buckets.

Her steal and full-court layup pushed Moffat County to its biggest lead of the game, 17-8.

"I think this game we started to pull together more," Sanchez said. "We calmed down more and had less turnovers."

Back-to-back buckets by Palisade senior Holly Odneal cut the Palisade deficit to seven at the half, but it would prove to be more than enough for Moffat County's stingy defense.

"We had a tough time getting any good shots" against their defense, Palisade (1-10 overall, 1-2 WSL) coach Toni Gunther said. "We struggled a bit in our offense, but I think we came out of here a better team."

The teams needed nearly half of the opening period to find their offense, until a bucket by MCHS senior Danette Crofts 3:48 into the contest broke the scoreless tie.

Back-to-back baskets by Odneal put the visitors up, 4-2. Two free throws and a last-second 3-pointer by MCHS senior Alicia Nelson put the home team up one at the end of the first quarter.

Palisade matched Moffat County in the second and third quarters, but MCHS' halftime lead proved too much for the visitors to overcome.

Sanchez picked up where she left off after the halftime break, blocking a Palisade 3-point attempt, racing down the floor and knocking down a trifecta of her own.

"We do what we have to do to win," Sanchez said. "I just want to help my team out."

Moffat County pushed its lead back to nine in the quarter and were up eight heading into the final frame.

Sanchez began the fourth connecting from downtown, and a bucket by Nelson pushed the Bulldogs to their biggest lead of the night, 41-27.

Nelson finished with 10 points. Crofts pitched in with eight.

Odneal led Palisade with 17 points.

Notes

Junior Lindsey Yoast went down with a knee injury in the second quarter and did not return.

Junior varsity

MCHS 57, Palisade 35

Sophomore Justine Hathhorn tallied a team-high 12 points for the Bulldogs. Sophomore Britteny Ivers pitched in with 10. Rebecca Hall scored 10 points to lead Palisade.

Freshman

MCHS 63, Vernal 26

Annie Sadvar led the Bulldogs offensive outburst, tallying a game-high 22 points. Melissa Camilletti and Adrie Camp pitched in with 11 points apiece.

McKenzie Calder led Vernal with six points. Kaitlyn Hamburg contributed five.

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

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