MCHS girls drop close game to Delta

Bulldogs' winning streak broken tonight at home

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What: Moffat County High School girls varsity basketball vs. Delta High School

When: 6 p.m. tonight

Where: MCHS, 900 Finley Lane

— Admission is $5 for adults and $4 for students

Fourth quarter

The MCHS girls varsity basketball team started slow, but made things interesting at the end of tonight's contest against WSL foe Delta. But, the Bulldogs drop tonight's home contest, 42-39, snapping a seven-game winning streak.

For full coverage of tonight's game, see the Saturday Morning Press, or visit www.craigdailypress.com.

Third quarter

The MCHS girls varsity basketball team cuts into Delta's lead, albeit narrowly, at the end of the third quarter. The Bulldogs trail by 9, 31-22. Roberts is leading the team with 12 points, all off free throws.

Second quarter

The Bulldogs' slow start carried over into the second quarter. The Bulldogs are down double digits, 20-10, at halftime. Lauren Roberts sank three free throws and leads MCHS with 3 points at the break.

First quarter

At the end of a slow first quarter, the Moffat County High School girls varsity basketball team is trailing Delta, 8-4. The Bulldogs got good looks at the basket, but struggled to make shots.

Sassy Murray and Melissa Camilletti had 2 points each for MCHS.

Junior varsity games

The Moffat County High School girls junior varsity put on an impressive display to lead off tonight's basketball contests. The girls won, 81-50. The boys junior varsity followed up with a win of their own, 54-41. The girls varsity game is now underway.

Pre-game

Two Western Slope League teams will be vying for league supremacy tonight as the Moffat County High School girls varsity basketball team hosts Delta High School at 6 p.m. at MCHS, 900 Finley Lane.

The Bulldogs (13-6 overall, 7-1 WSL) and the Panthers (14-5 overall, 7-2 WSL) are separated by one game in the league standings.

MCHS is tied with Glenwood Springs atop the league.

The Bulldogs scored only four points in the first quarter of their last game against Delta on Jan. 21, before opening up the offense and notching a 46-39 victory.

Delta’s Skylyn Webb will again be a point of emphasis, Bulldogs head coach Matt Ray said.

Webb scored 16 points in the last game, but only six points from the field.

“If we can hold Webb to be a minimal factor and not let anyone else get hot, we will be fine,” he said. “(Webb) likes to drive a lot, and now that we know that, I think we can defend her better and make her take outside shots.”

The familiarity his team will have with Delta this time around should allow for a better start, Ray said.

With four games remaining in the regular season, Ray said his team knows they have to win out to be league champions.

“On Tuesday, we will play Glenwood (Springs) in a big game,” he said. “But, we have to take care of this weekend first against Delta and Palisade to have a chance at a league title.”

Offensively, the Bulldogs will have to control the tempo and get off good shots, Ray said.

“We have to take care of the ball and take what they give us,” he said. “We don’t want to force anything.”

The Bulldogs were able to cause Delta to turn the ball over 31 times in their last game, in large part due to their pressure defense.

“If we don’t let (Delta) on a roll, we have a better shot,” Ray said. “Our pressure defense will be a key factor in the outcome of this game.”

— For score updates on tonight’s games visit www.craigdailypress.com. A full game recap can be found in the Saturday Morning Press, or by visiting the newspaper’s website.

Joshua Gordon can be reached at 875-1795 or at joshgordon@craigdailypress.com.

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