Melissa Camilletti, a Moffat County High School senior, drives toward the basket Saturday against Castle View during the Steamboat Springs Shootout. Melissa led the Bulldogs with 25 points, but the team fell short in a 64-61 defeat to finish fourth out of eight teams.

Photo by Joshua Gordon

Melissa Camilletti, a Moffat County High School senior, drives toward the basket Saturday against Castle View during the Steamboat Springs Shootout. Melissa led the Bulldogs with 25 points, but the team fell short in a 64-61 defeat to finish fourth out of eight teams.

Girls basketball team falls in narrow defeat

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Box score from the Moffat County High School girls varsity basketball team’s Saturday game against Castle View High School in the Steamboat Springs Shootout:

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

• Moffat County — 13 — 14 — 17 — 17 — 61

• Castle View — 19 — 12 — 13 — 20 — 64

MCHS leading scorers:

(Name — points)

• Melissa Camilletti — 25

• Annie Sadvar — 19

• Lisa Camilletti — 6

• Kylee Ellgen — 4

• Bailey Hellander – 4

After the Moffat County High School girls varsity basketball team’s final game Saturday in the Steamboat Springs Shootout, head coach Matt Ray said he saw all levels of shooting his team is capable of.

In the Bulldogs Thursday win over D’Evelyn, his players shot 48 percent from the field.

On Friday, in a loss to Fossil Ridge, MCHS shot less than 30 percent.

But, against Castle View on Saturday in the tournament’s third- and fourth-place game, the Bulldogs shot between 30 and 40 percent in a tough 64-61 loss.

Ray said he expects his team to play similar to the Castle View game than the other two for the rest of the season.

“When the game first started, Castle View flexed their muscle with the 3-point shot, but we put pressure there and it slowed them down,” he said. “We took some momentum later in the game and held our own with an opportunity to win, but we just couldn’t quite get there.”

After a back-and-forth first quarter, Castle View led 19-13 to open the second quarter.

The Sabercats used an 8-1 run in the first 3 minutes, but Moffat County answered with a 10-0 blitz to head into the break trailing 31-27.

In the third quarter, the two teams traded leads numerous times.

Senior Melissa Camilletti hit a 3-pointer to put the Bulldogs up 35-33, but Castle View answered with a 3-pointer to retake the lead.

Melissa answered back with a lay-up and another three to put MCHS up 40-36, but again Castle View fought back to tie it at 44-44 heading into the fourth.

Like the D’Evelyn game, Ray said his players weren’t going to trip up in a close game.

“These girls don’t like to lose and Melissa gave it her all and the other girls followed her lead,” he said. “They work hard in practice, and against a bigger school, they didn’t back down.”

The Bulldogs’ heart showed through when Castle View used an early run in the fourth to go up 54-46.

Two free throws from senior Annie Sadvar tied the game and a Sadvar lay-up with less than 2 minutes remaining gave the Bulldogs a 56-54 lead.

After Castle View regained the lead, Melissa hit a 3-pointer to pull within one at 62-61, but the Bulldogs couldn’t steal the ball on the ensuing inbounds pass.

Melissa led the team with 25 points and Sadvar added 19.

Ray said it’s great his team has seniors to lead them early in the season to give underclassmen a chance to see where they fit in.

“I know the juniors will step up as the season goes on and into the playoffs,” he said. “They can gain confidence out there with the senior leadership and we watch film to help them know how they can best help the team.”

While the Bulldogs (3-3) finished the tournament fourth with a 1-2 record, Ray said the experience of playing bigger schools would pay dividends later in the season.

“We stood our own against the bigger schools and I think we out rebounded every team,” he said. “The girls took the opportunities they had and now they need to carry this style of game over into our league.”

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