Melissa Camilletti squares up for a jump shot during the Jan. 8 Moffat County High School girl varsity basketball game. The girls fell, 39-28, Friday to Palisade High School.

Photo by Shawn McHugh

Melissa Camilletti squares up for a jump shot during the Jan. 8 Moffat County High School girl varsity basketball game. The girls fell, 39-28, Friday to Palisade High School.

Moffat County girls fall to 2-1 in league play

Moffat County High School girls varsity basketball — 2009-2010

Record: 10-13, 8-5 WSL

After seeing progress in a loss to Grand Junction Tuesday night, the Moffat County High School girls varsity basketball team was unable to capitalize against Palisade High School.

Playing at league-opponent Palisade, Moffat County fell, 39-28, to a Western Slope League foe.

“We just didn’t come ready to play,” MCHS coach Craig Mortensen said. “We didn’t look like we were mentally prepared tonight.”

The teams were tied, 9-9, at the end of the first quarter.

Palisade (1-9, 1-2 in WSL) took a lead of 20-15 going into halftime and stretched it to 28-20 after the third quarter.

Mortensen said turnovers cost Moffat County too many scoring opportunities and a chance to get back into the game.

“Again, we weren’t taking very good care of the ball,” he said. “We had a lot of mental, and fundamental mistakes. It was a step back.”

But with Delta on the schedule for today, the team can’t dwell on the loss for too long, Mortensen said.

“A game like this hurts; it has to sting,” he said. “Competitors bounce back from that. They don’t like that feeling, and it’s something where they have to motivate themselves. This is an internal thing, it’s a gut-check.”

The loss was Moffat County’s first in the Western Slope League.

The team had started its season with a home sweep of Eagle Valley and Battle Mountain.

The Bulldogs were lacking one key ingredient Friday night, Mortensen said.

“We didn’t have intensity,” he said. “We didn’t look like we were in the game mentally.”

Palisade came out ready for the Bulldogs, Mortensen said.

“They played hard, they outplayed us,” he said. “They made some shots, they had second shots from rebounds. They just flat-out, outworked us.”

The team will now turn its attention to Delta, who hosted Steamboat Springs Friday night.

“But we’ll learn from it and get better,” Mortensen said. “We’re not going to hang our heads.”

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