Melissa Camilletti, a Moffat County High School senior, looks to get the ball inside Dec. 17 against Fruit-Monument High School. Camilletti has helped lead the MCHS girls varsity basketball team to a 6-3 record by averaging 16.9 points per game.

Photo by Joshua Gordon

Melissa Camilletti, a Moffat County High School senior, looks to get the ball inside Dec. 17 against Fruit-Monument High School. Camilletti has helped lead the MCHS girls varsity basketball team to a 6-3 record by averaging 16.9 points per game.

MCHS girls basketball team ready for WSL opener

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Season at a glance ...

The Moffat County High School girls varsity basketball team’s 2011-2012 season so far:

(Date — location — opponent — outcome)

• Dec. 2 — away — Union High School — 67-29W

• Dec. 3 — away — Wasatch High School — 45-37L

• Dec. 3 — away — Uintah High School — 60-53W

• Dec. 8 — away — D’Evelyn High School — 62-61W

• Dec. 9 — away — Fossil Ridge High School — 53-40L

• Dec. 10 — away — Castle View High School — 64-61L

• Dec. 16 — away — Montrose High School — 40-29W

• Dec. 17 — away — Grand Junction High School — 47-46W

• Dec. 17 — away — Fruit-Monument High School — 49-45W

— MCHS is 6-3 overall

Schedule ...

The Moffat County High School girls varsity basketball team’s January schedule:

(Date — location — opponent)

• Jan. 5 — away — Central Grand Junction High School

• Jan. 7 — away — Glenwood Springs High School

• Jan. 11 — away — Grand Junction High School

• Jan. 13 — home — Eagle Valley High School

• Jan. 14 — away — Battle Mountain High School

• Jan. 20 — home — Delta High School

• Jan. 21 — home — Palisade High School

• Jan. 24 — home — Steamboat Springs High School

Top scorers ...

The Moffat County High School girls varsity basketball team’s top scorers:

(Player — total points – points per game)

• Melissa Camilletti — 152 — 16.9

• Annie Sadvar — 88 — 9.8

• Lisa Camilletti — 58 — 6.4

• Makayla Camilletti — 56 — 6.2

• Kori Finneman — 38 — 6.3

Three early-season tournaments have the Moffat County High School girls varsity basketball team primed for the start of 2012.

And, head coach Matt Ray said the experience gained at those tournaments will be invaluable when Western Slope League play starts Jan. 7 in Glenwood Springs.

“The girls are playing really well and have shot really good as a team early on,” Ray said. “We have been able to compete in every game and been able to beat some good schools, and that is going to help us throughout the rest of the season.”

The Bulldogs (6-3) started the season in the Uintah Classic on Dec. 2. MCHS went 2-1 in the tournament, falling only to Wasatch High School.

On Dec. 8 to 10 in the Steamboat Springs Shootout, the Bulldogs opened the tournament with an impressive 62-61 victory over D’Evelyn on way to a fourth-place finish.

The best litmus test for the rest of the season, however, was going 3-0 on Dec. 16 and 17 at the Black Canyon Classic at Montrose High School, Ray said.

“With a three-game win streak, we have momentum going forward and the girls are positive and pumped,” he said. “We went really hard in practice last week, but the girls stayed focused and responded well.

“With the momentum, we can look forward and get ready for the next part of our season.”

Between the Montrose tournament and the team’s next game Jan. 5 against Central Grand Junction, the Bulldogs have almost a three-week break.

Ray said it can be tricky getting everyone in the gym during holiday break, but the girls have remained dedicated.

The biggest concern heading into January, Ray said, is working on everyday consistency.

“In our first games of the tournaments we would come out on fire and shoot well, then the next game we wouldn’t play well,” he said. “In Montrose, we shot well every game and won some close games. We need to continue to stress looking for the open shot and playing consistent.”

Senior Melissa Camilletti has led the Bulldogs through the first nine games, averaging 16.9 points per game.

Fellow senior Annie Sadvar is averaging 9.8 points per game and several juniors are averaging around 6 points per game.

Ray said a balanced offensive attack is key to winning down the stretch.

“If we have multiple girls scoring, that means defenses can’t just stop one player,” he said. “Melissa has led the team, but if our opponent focuses on her then others need to step up, and we have done that well.

“With more scoring options we can attack teams in different ways, and that is one of our strengths.”

The Bulldogs could be battling an undefeated Glenwood Springs team Jan. 7. The Demons are 9-0 and play only Steamboat Springs before MCHS.

Ray said his team may have some losses, but has faced tougher competition in the non-league schedule.

The two teams have faced one common opponent — Grand Junction High School — with the Bulldogs winning by one and the Demons winning by four points.

“It will be huge to play well against Glenwood because it can set the tone for the rest of the league,” Ray said. “They will be a tough opponent and they will be ready for us. We have to go to their house and be confident in a big game.”

January also brings the Bulldogs first home game Jan. 13 against Eagle Valley High School.

Ray said being able to play at home will allow the community to see what kind of team MCHS is.

“The girls are looking forward to playing at home so everyone can see what we have become this season,” he said. “We have had a good parent following, but at home we get the student body and the community there to see us play, and we always look forward to that.”

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