Lauren Roberts, a Moffat County High School senior, looks for a lay-up in the Bulldogs’ game Friday against Eagle Valley. The Bulldogs used strong defense Saturday to beat Battle Mountain, 56-30, to sweep their season series with the Huskies.

Photo by Joshua Gordon

Lauren Roberts, a Moffat County High School senior, looks for a lay-up in the Bulldogs’ game Friday against Eagle Valley. The Bulldogs used strong defense Saturday to beat Battle Mountain, 56-30, to sweep their season series with the Huskies.

MCHS girls hoops shuts down Battle Mountain in victory

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Box Score

Box score from the Moffat County High School girls varsity basketball team’s Saturday game against Battle Mountain:

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

Moffat County – 11 – 18 – 14 – 13 — 56

Battle Mountain – 4 – 11 – 6 – 9 — 30

MCHS leading scorers

(Name — points)

• Annie Sadvar — 17

• Melissa Camilletti — 12

• Lauren Roberts — 10

The Moffat County High School girls varsity basketball team sat 6-6 overall after a home loss Jan. 11 to Grand Junction High School.

The Bulldogs were also 0-1 in the Western Slope League after losing three nights before to Glenwood Springs High School.

Three-and-a-half weeks later, the team is 13-6 overall and 7-1 in the WSL after a 56-30 victory Saturday over Battle Mountain.

The Bulldogs haven’t lost since falling to Grand Junction.

A main component to the team’s success has been a new offense, head coach Matt Ray said, which again scored double-digit points in all four quarters Saturday.

“Truly, our offense has done a lot better than even I thought,” he said. “It fits the team well and scoring-wise, they have been more consistent and are having more open shots.”

The Bulldogs had three players score double digits Saturday — juniors Annie Sadvar (17) and Melissa Camilletti (12) and senior Lauren Roberts (10).

“(Battle Mountain) threw a different defense at us, and it took a little time to adjust,” Ray said. “Once we did, we did great, and Annie Sadvar had a great game for us.”

The team played at 12:30 p.m. at Battle Mountain, a game time Ray said the Bulldogs aren’t used to.

“We usually play at 2 p.m. or 4 p.m., so it took a different mindset to play right away,” he said. “This was a day two game and it was a road trip, so they weren’t as sharp as the Eagle Valley game, but the girls played good, considering.”

Defensively, the Bulldogs were able to contain the Huskies (1-18 overall, 0-9 WSL).

The team allowed less than 10 points in three out of the four quarters, resembling the two teams’ last game Jan. 15, in which the Bulldogs won 59-29.

Ray said Battle Mountain had one girl who scored 15 points, but her aside, his team shut down the Huskies.

“Besides one girl, no one did a whole lot for Battle Mountain,” he said. “We played a little sluggish at times, but we matched-up well.”

During the Bulldogs seven-game winning streak, the team hasn’t allowed any team besides Steamboat Springs to score over 40 points in a game.

“We have taken care of our opponents’ strengths recently, and that has hurt offenses,” Ray said. “We take that away and we also take away any penetration offense.

“We’ve boxed out and rebounded really well, lately.”

By working on rebounding, Ray said his team has held opponents to one shot a majority of the time.

“Holding our opponents to one shot, they get far less shots off (in a game),” he said. “Most of the time, they get one shot, occasionally two, but that has really been the difference in the last few games.”

The Bulldogs will next host Delta High School at 6 p.m. Feb. 11. MCHS beat Delta in the last game, 46-39.

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Comments

mamabear711 3 years, 10 months ago

Annie way to step it up! You are a great player, keep it up. Great game girls keep up your momentum. You are fun to watch.

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