The Moffat County High School girls varsity basketball team went 1-1 on Saturday in the Uintah Classic Tournament, falling to Wasatch, 45-37, before beating Uintah, 60-53. Overall, the Bulldogs went 2-1 and head coach Matt Ray said it was a great way for the team to start the season.

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The Moffat County High School girls varsity basketball team went 1-1 on Saturday in the Uintah Classic Tournament, falling to Wasatch, 45-37, before beating Uintah, 60-53. Overall, the Bulldogs went 2-1 and head coach Matt Ray said it was a great way for the team to start the season.

Bulldogs wrap up Uintah Classic with 2-1 record

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

(Team — 1st — 2nd — 3rd — 4th — final)

• Moffat County — 6 — 9 — 12 — 10 — 37

• Wasatch — 12 — 13 — 12 — 8 — 45

MCHS leading scorers:

(Name — points)

• Melissa Camilletti — 20

• Bailey Hellander — 5

• Kori Finneman — 4

• Kylee Ellgen — 4

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

(Team — 1st — 2nd — 3rd — 4th — final)

• Moffat County — 7 — 10 — 23 — 20 — 60

• Uintah — 6 — 8 — 19 — 20 — 53

MCHS leading scorers:

(Name — points)

• Lisa Camilletti — 14

• Makayla Camilletti — 13

• Kori Finneman — 11

• Melissa Camilletti — 10

• Annie Sadvar — 8

After a fantastic shooting night to open the Uintah Classic Tournament on Friday, the Moffat County High School girls varsity basketball team couldn’t replicate the performance in the first game Saturday.

Going up against a big Wasatch High School team, the Bulldogs struggled to get the ball in the basket in the first half and couldn’t overcome a 10-point halftime deficit in a 45-37 loss.

However, MCHS bounced back in the third and final game against Uintah High School with a 60-53 victory to go 2-1 to open the season.

“It was a great weekend for our program,” head coach Matt Ray said. “In the first game we played phenomenal, and the next two we played well.

“We played a good team in Wasatch and we were tired against Uintah, but we found a way to win one and keep playing hard.”

The Bulldogs shot 43 percent from behind the arc in the Friday victory over Union High School.

Against Wasatch, Ray said the girls couldn’t get shots to drop and started to force the offense.

“The bottom line is we just didn’t shoot as well even though we had some wide-open looks,” he said. “It was a 9 a.m. game and our legs were not quite there when we started. We weren’t disciplined enough to keep looking for the best shot and we dug ourselves too big of a hole.”

Trailing 25-15 at the half, Ray said in the second half his team played a more sound game.

The Bulldogs outscored Wasatch, 22-20, in the second half, but it wasn’t enough.

“When you go against a good team and are down 10 points, it is hard to come back,” Ray said. “We worked the ball more in the second half and we took our time and made better decisions.

“It was night and day with how we controlled the game between the two halves because we didn’t rush our shots.”

Senior Melissa Camilletti led the Bulldogs against Wasatch with 20 points.

But, because of the deficit the Bulldogs faced, Ray said Melissa tried to do too much in the second half.

“Melissa had a good game, but the others just weren’t ready,” he said. “It was a slow and lethargic game and we needed everybody to be ready.

“When we aren’t hitting from the outside, we need to be able to work the ball inside and get points there.”

If the Wasatch game was a one-player show, the Uintah game was a much more well-rounded team effort, Ray said.

With the Uintah defense keying in on Melissa, the senior put up 10 points.

But, juniors Lisa Camilletti, Makayla Camilletti and Kori Finneman took over, scoring 14, 13 and 11 points, respectively.

Senior Annie Sadvar added eight points.

“The juniors stepped up and did really well,” Ray said. “I knew they would and I knew they could, and we just needed the whole team and not just one player.

“When they keyed on Melissa, Makayla, Lisa, Kori and Annie took the load on their shoulders.”

While the offense was rolling against Uintah, Ray said the defense was exhausted in the third game in two days.

The Bulldogs allowed 14 points in the first half, but surrendered 39 in the second half.

“In the first half, the defense did really well, but what happened is we started getting heavy legs,” he said. “We had a morning game and then the last game at 5:45 p.m., so we just sat around with nothing to do.

“Uintah is a good team, but I don’t think they were a 53-point team against us.”

Despite the long weekend, Ray said the tournament was a great way to open the season.

“We are better when we have the whole team and not rely on just one player,” he said. “We got better in every game and each player found out what they can do to help the team.”

Note: The MCHS girls junior varsity and freshmen basketball teams both went 1-2 in the tournament.

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