MCHS girls keep league championship hopes alive with blowout against Palisade

Box Score

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

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

Palisade – 2 – 5 – 14 – 11 — 32

Moffat – 15 – 9 – 12 – 21 — 57

Leading scorers

MCHS leading scorers:

(Name — points)

• Lauren Roberts — 12

• Melissa Camilletti — 12

• Nike Cleverly — 8

The Moffat County High School girls varsity basketball team got back to winning ways Saturday with a 57-32 home win over Palisade.

The victory puts MCHS at 14-7 overall and 8-2 in the Western Slope League this season, good enough to remain in the mix for the league title.

“(Friday’s loss) hurt pretty bad, so we were thinking about that,” MCHS senior Lauren Roberts said. “It was even more of a (signal that), OK, now we need to just go out there and tear it up.”

The team had few troubles dealing with Palisade (7-13 overall, 2-8 WSL). The visitors only held one lead in the game after Kendra Barnes scored the first two points of the game.

Those were the only two points Palisade scored in the opening quarter.

MCHS coach Matt Ray said the defensive strategy was to limit the production of Barnes, a post player. The result was a tight defense that caused numerous steals that led to easy transition points throughout the game.

“We knew what they wanted to do — they wanted to go inside (the paint,)” Ray said. “For the most part, we took most of that stuff away.”

The team was able to do that, he said, because of the play of its guards.

“Look at Nike (Cleverly) and Maddy (Jourgensen), who both defensively were on their guards the whole night,” Ray said. “(They) got some easy steals … just because of the pressure they put on (Palisade’s guards), so they didn’t even have a chance to go to the post.”

Barnes finished the game with 18 points, but no other Palisade player scored more than four.

Offensively, MCHS was able to get production from multiple players.

Early on, it was Roberts, who had eight points from four field goals in the first half. Her first half scoring was higher than Palisade’s total of seven points in the same half.

She played a key role early, scoring four points in a 15-0 run in the last five-and-a-half minutes of the first quarter.

Roberts was one of two MCHS players, along with Melissa Camilletti, to lead the team with 12 points.

“We were patient on offense and we ran what we practiced,” Roberts said. “When we do that, good things happen for us.”

Camilletti scored the first points of the game for MCHS, but saved her best for the end.

She scored nine of her 12 points in the second half, with six in the fourth quarter.

Nike Cleverly also had eight points for the Bulldogs.

MCHS is still in the running for the Western Slope League championship, but will have to beat Glenwood Springs on Tuesday and Steamboat Springs on Friday for that to happen.

“We have to win out to be a contender for the league championship, which we’re very capable of doing,” Ray said. “As long as we keep playing on offense and get the ball rolling early, I think we’ll be just fine.”

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