The Moffat County High School girls varsity basketball team used man-to-man defense and strong shooting to rout Union High School, 67-29, in the Bulldogs first game of the season Friday in the Uintah Classic Tournament. Senior Melissa Camilletti, pictured above, led the Bulldogs with 26 points.

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The Moffat County High School girls varsity basketball team used man-to-man defense and strong shooting to rout Union High School, 67-29, in the Bulldogs first game of the season Friday in the Uintah Classic Tournament. Senior Melissa Camilletti, pictured above, led the Bulldogs with 26 points.

Bulldogs stifle Union in 67-29 victory on opening night

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Box score from the Moffat County High School girls varsity basketball team’s game Friday against Union High School in the Uintah Classic Tournament:

(1st — 2nd — 3rd — 4th — final)

• Moffat County — 21 — 21 — 11 — 14 — 67

• Union — 6 — 7 — 5 — 11 — 29

MCHS leading scorers:

(Name — points)

• Melissa Camilletti — 26

• Makayla Camilletti — 9

• Kori Finneman — 6

• Kylee Ellgen — 5

• Bailey Hellander — 5

In the first game of the season Friday, the Moffat County High School girls varsity basketball team jumped out to a 10-0 lead over Union High School.

Before the season started, head coach Matt Ray said his team would have to come out ready to go if they wanted to make a push for the state playoffs.

During the opening game of the Uintah Classic Tournament, Ray said the Bulldogs did just that on way to a 67-29 victory.

“We came out on fire,” he said. “The girls set the tempo right out the gate and played really well in the first game.”

Senior Melissa Camilletti led the Bulldogs (1-0) with 26 points.

With only two seniors on the team, it was the juniors who helped round out the team’s offense.

Makayla Camilletti added nine points, Kori Finneman had six, and Kylee Ellgen and Bailey Hellander put up five points each.

“Melissa came out and led the team and set the tone for the other girls to follow,” Ray said. “As a third-year starter, she did her job and that was what we expected out of her.

“There was no let down from anyone on the team and everyone really stepped up to fill their role.”

Ray said the Bulldogs hit seven 3-pointers in the first quarter on way to a 42-13 half time lead.

“We ran most of the game until the last quarter,” he said. “We had a lot of great looks and didn’t force a shot the whole game, and that can make all the difference.”

While the girls were making baskets, Ray said it was the defense that opened up the offense.

Using a full-court, man-to-man defense, Ray said the pressure was too much for Union to overcome.

“The girls were very aggressive and moved their feet very well,” he said. “They would read and react to what Union was doing and (Union) couldn’t counter it, so it caused a lot of turnovers.

“In the first game, we did exactly what we wanted to do on defense and Union couldn’t stop it.”

Ray said his team’s work during practice — going all out for 15 minutes with short breaks in between — was the difference in the game.

Still, Ray said he was nervous coming into opening night.

“Truthfully, I didn’t know what to expect,” he said. “I knew we had the full-court press and that would bug our opponents, but I didn’t expect they would come out this good.

“The girls were quick all night and everyone helped out.”

The Bulldogs will play Wasatch High School at 9 a.m. today and Uintah High School at 5:45 p.m.

With a morning game and the last game of the tournament, Ray said today’s games will test his team’s mental strength.

“We have to make sure we are mentally and physically fresh,” he said. “It is going to be a long day with two great games, so this is going to be good for us this early in the season.”

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