Callie Papoulas, a Moffat County High School junior, drives to the lane against visiting Rangely High School on Tuesday night at the MCHS gymnasium. The Bulldogs girls junior varsity team fell, 51-48, to the Panthers.

Photo by Ben Bulkeley

Callie Papoulas, a Moffat County High School junior, drives to the lane against visiting Rangely High School on Tuesday night at the MCHS gymnasium. The Bulldogs girls junior varsity team fell, 51-48, to the Panthers.

Bulldogs girls, boys lose to Rangely

MCHS junior varsity basketball fall; freshmen win

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Moffat County High School’s Andy Browning goes up for two of his 16 points against Rangely High School. The Bulldogs boys junior varsity fell, 69-66, to the Panthers varsity squad.

Box score

Girls junior varsity basketball vs. Rangely

Team First quarter 2nd 3rd 4th Final

Moffat County 13 13 17 5 48

Rangely 14 12 11 14 51

Boys junior varsity basketball vs. Rangely

Team First quarter 2nd 3rd 4th Final

Moffat County 19 12 20 15 66

Rangely 22 18 10 19 69

What started as a comfortable seven point lead, Moffat County High School Bulldogs couldn’t stay comfortable enough for Rangely High School.

Playing Tuesday at the MCHS gymnasium, the Rangely High School boys varsity basketball team appeared to finally put away the pesky junior varsity Bulldogs with 30 seconds left in regulation.

But Dustin Carlson cut into that lead — and quickly.

The junior guard was fouled as he fired off a three-point shot.

He made two of the three free-throw shots, and as Rangely collected the ball, they called for a timeout.

Problem was, they had used their last timeout a minute earlier.

With 2.6 seconds remaining, Carlson was granted two free throws stemming from the Rangely technical foul.

He made both, cutting the score to 69-66 in favor of the Panthers.

After a Moffat County timeout, it was again Carlson in a position to tie the game.

But his 3-point attempt was just short, and Rangely managed to escape with the 69-66 win.

Freshmen Paul Laliberte led the Bulldogs with 21 points, sophomore Andy Browning had 16, Carlson had 14 and junior Chet Harvey had seven.

The Bulldogs fell behind, 22-19, after the first quarter, and Rangely extended its lead to 40-31 at halftime.

Lead by Browning, who scored eight of his 16 points in the third frame, the Bulldogs came bounding back, and led 51-50 heading into the fourth quarter.

But it wasn’t enough to overcome a physical Rangely team.

On the girls side, Moffat County’s junior varsity also fell to Rangely’s varsity, 51-48.

For the girls junior varsity team, junior Britteny Ivers had 14 points, junior Justine Hathhorn had eight points, sophomore Adrie Camp had six and junior Nike Cleverly had five points.

Moffat County led, 43-37, heading into the fourth quarter, but couldn’t hang on.

Coach Matt Ray said he was still impressed with his team.

“Overall, it was a good effort,” he said. “The effort was there, the intensity was there.”

Last year, Moffat County also fell by three points, but this year, Rangely had a new trick up its sleeve.

“They put a full-court press on us,” Ray said. “We haven’t really worked on that, but they did their best with what we showed them.”

But the press was enough to fluster the Bulldogs, Ray said.

“Bottom line, we need to take better care of the ball,” he said. “If we take of the ball, we would have won that game. It’s something to learn from — we have to take care of the ball, and we will.”

Notes:

The Moffat County High School girls freshmen team beat the Rangely junior varsity team, 68-13. Kyleen Ellgen scored 18 points while Lisa Camilletti added 14… The MCHS boys freshmen team also triumphed over Rangely’s junior varsity, 49-37. Tyler Hildebrandt scored 25, Garrett Buckley netted nine, Keenan Bradshaw scored eight and Zach Booco scored four.

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