MCHS varsity basketball results from Thursday’s first round of the Steamboat Spring Shoot-Out:
• Boys: 67-44 loss to Montrose; season record 0-1; Next tournament opponent — Windsor (3-1), 3 p.m. today
• Girls: 47-41 loss to Montrose; season record 2-2; Next tournament opponent — Castle View (0-4), 4:45 p.m. today
Boys top scorers
Dylon Camilletti 14
Paul Laliberte 13
Colby Haddan 7
Angelo Raftopoulos 7
Girls top scorers
Lauren Roberts 8
Britteny Ivers 8
Nike Cleverly 7
Callie Papoulas 6
Although playing in different sections of Steamboat Springs High School on Thursday afternoon, the Moffat County High School boys and girls varsity basketball teams shared the same fate in opening round tournament action.
Both the boys and girls hoops teams lost to Montrose in the first round of the Steamboat Springs Shoot-Out.
The girls narrowly lost, 47-41, to the Indians, while the boys team lost their season-opener, 67-44.
Boys coach David Bradshaw attributed the losses to being steamrolled in the fourth quarter.
“We just pushed it over the top and that broke it open,” Bradshaw said. “We had pretty good shot selection most of the game. We rushed a lot of shots after the third quarter, and that’s what really hurt us.”
Senior Zach Raftopoulos said part of the problem was playing against a team that was already a week into its season.
“You could definitely tell it was our first game,” he said. “They had us in experience.”
With the Indians’ win, the Montrose boys’ season record stands at 4-1.
While the boys were battling in the school’s new gym, the girls were in for their own struggle in the auxiliary gym.
Coach Matt Ray said the game came down to the final moments. The teams were evenly matched, with the Bulldogs leading, 30-29, at the beginning of the fourth quarter.
But, the Montrose girls got into a scoring frenzy, netting 18 points as MCHS tried to catch up.
“We kind of panicked and lost our composure,” Ray said. “We played hard and it was a good game, but we just didn’t finish like we should have.”
Senior Callie Papoulas said a lack of rebounding led to the team’s defeat.
“We let them get a lot of second and third shots,” she said. “We rushed a few plays and that caused them to get a lot of second chances.”
Seniors Lauren Roberts, Britteny Ivers and Nike Cleverly led the scoring with eight points each for Roberts and Ivers and seven for Cleverly.
Papoulas scored six.
Senior Dylon Camilletti earned the most points for the boys with 14, while sophomore Paul Laliberte scored 13.
Junior Colby Haddan and senior Angelo Raftopoulos each finished with seven points.
“As a whole, we played some pretty good team ball,” Angelo said. “We’re a little rusty, but we’ll get into it.”
Both teams will continue at the tournament today, with the boys, now 0-1, playing at 3 p.m. against 3-1 Windsor, who lost, 67-62, to Castle View in the first round.
“They’re a pretty solid team,” Bradshaw said. “We need to get back into things defensively and not give them the chance to score.”
The girls (2-2) will play at 4:45 p.m. against Castle View (0-4), whose game with D’Evelyn ended in a 57-45 loss.
“I just hope we go out there and work hard, because then we can play to the best of our abilities,” Papoulas said.