Bailey Hellander, a Moffat County High School junior, drives into the lane Saturday against Fruita-Monument High School during the Black Canyon Classic at Montrose High School. The MCHS girls varsity basketball team took the lead early in the fourth quarter and never trailed again, beating Fruita, 49-45, to finish the weekend 3-0.

Photo by Joshua Gordon

Bailey Hellander, a Moffat County High School junior, drives into the lane Saturday against Fruita-Monument High School during the Black Canyon Classic at Montrose High School. The MCHS girls varsity basketball team took the lead early in the fourth quarter and never trailed again, beating Fruita, 49-45, to finish the weekend 3-0.

MCHS girls basketball defeats 5A schools, finishes weekend 3-0

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Box score from the Moffat County High School girls varsity basketball team’s game Saturday against Grand Junction High School in the Black Canyon Classic at Montrose High School:

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

• Moffat County — 21 — 12 — 7 — 7 — 47

• Grand Junction — 9 — 18 — 8 — 11 — 46

MCHS leading scorers:

• Melissa Camilletti — 15

• Lisa Camilletti — 10

• Bailey Hellander — 9

Box score from the Moffat County High School girls varsity basketball team’s game Saturday against Fruita-Monument High School in the Black Canyon Classic at Montrose High School:

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

• Moffat County — 11 — 9 — 15 — 14 — 49

• Fruita-Monument — 12 — 9 — 14 — 10 — 45

MCHS leading scorers:

• Melissa Camilletti — 17

• Annie Sadvar — 16

• Tori Snyder — 5

Melissa Camilletti went up for a shot in the fourth quarter Saturday against Fruita-Monument High School, but couldn’t get the ball to fall.

The Moffat County High School girls varsity basketball team was tied 35-35 in the final game of the Black Canyon Classic and Fruita came down with the rebound.

But, Melissa stole the ball back from a Fruita player and went up with it, this time adding two points and giving the Bulldogs a 37-35 lead.

MCHS never trailed again and held on to win 49-45 to finish the tournament at Montrose High School with a 3-0 record.

The Bulldogs also beat Grand Junction High School, 47-46, earlier Saturday.

“I knew we had to get the ball back up,” Melissa said after the game. “I was upset that I missed the first shot, so I wanted to redeem myself by getting the ball back and putting us up.”

Melissa led the Bulldogs in scoring both games Saturday, putting in 17 against Fruita and 15 against Grand Junction.

Head coach Matt Ray said Melissa’s determination on the floor is unmatched.

Against Grand Junction, the MCHS senior had back-to-back steals in the final minute to keep the Bulldogs on top.

“Melissa is so darn competitive and will do anything to win,” Ray said. “She doesn’t care if she fouls or not, she just wants the ball back. It is just her competitive nature.”

The Bulldogs (6-3) trailed Fruita, 12-11, after the first quarter and the Wildcats took an early 19-13 lead in the second quarter.

However, Melissa hit a 3-pointer on the ensuing drive to pull her team back within three and the Bulldogs again trailed by one at half, 21-20.

Senior Annie Sadvar took control of the game in the third quarter to put the Bulldogs back on top, but Fruita matched every basket to head into the fourth tied 35-35.

Ray said his players didn’t rush anything with the game tight and waited for an open shot.

“We were patient, and when we took the lead, we stalled a little and looked for the lay-up,” he said. “We reversed the ball and really controlled the game. We didn’t force anything and took our open looks.”

In the first game against Grand Junction, the Bulldogs hit seven 3-pointers in the first half to lead 33-27 at halftime.

At the end of the game, Grand Junction hit a 3-pointer to pull within one, but MCHS ran the clock out after taking the inbounds pass.

“Grand Junction did a good job with their game plan in the second half and took away our 3-pointers,” Ray said. “It was a good battle and we kept our heads up and held on at the end.”

Junior Lisa Camilletti scored 10 points against Grand Junction and fellow junior Bailey Hellander added nine.

Sadvar was second on the team in scoring against Fruita, scoring 16 points, and junior Tori Snyder added five points.

Beating Grand Junction and Fruita-Monument, both Class 5A schools, was a great way to head into the break, Melissa said.

And, with Western Slope League play set to open the first weekend in January, the Bulldogs are in a good position.

“I love beating 5A schools,” Melissa said. “They are always a lot more physical, but every girl stepped up and Annie and Kori (Finneman) took care of the ball in the post.

“We all improved in our shots and on defense in these first three weekends. We all work together better and we are getting faster.”

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