Maddy Jourgensen, a Moffat County High School senior, looks to pass the ball inside Tuesday night in the MCHS girls varsity basketball team’s game against Grand Junction. The Bulldogs came out slow in the third quarter and Grand Junction was able to capitalize to win, 64-53.

Photo by Joshua Gordon

Maddy Jourgensen, a Moffat County High School senior, looks to pass the ball inside Tuesday night in the MCHS girls varsity basketball team’s game against Grand Junction. The Bulldogs came out slow in the third quarter and Grand Junction was able to capitalize to win, 64-53.

Turnovers, slow start bite Bulldogs in loss

Flat third quarter allows Grand Junction to take game, 64-53

Box score from the Moffat County High School girls varsity basketball team’s Tuesday game against Grand Junction:

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

Moffat County – 8 – 19 – 15 – 11 — 53

Grand Junction – 9 – 16 – 19 – 20 — 64

MCHS leading scorers:

(Name points)

• Melissa Camilletti — 13

• Sassy Murray — 13

• Annie Sadvar — 11

• Lauren Roberts — 11

On Tuesday night at Moffat County High School, senior post player Lauren Roberts grabbed an offensive rebound and passed the ball back to Sassy Murray.

Murray never received it — a Grand Junction defender snatched it away.

Such was the way the night went for the MCHS girls varsity basketball team against the Grand Junction Tigers.

Turnovers throughout the game came back to bite the Bulldogs in the fourth quarter as the Tigers pulled away with the win late, 64-53.

Roberts said her team didn’t play their style of basketball.

“We played a rushed game and forced a lot of passes that other players weren’t ready for,” she said. “A lot of the time, we looked for the first shot and not necessarily the best shot.”

The Bulldogs were up, 27-25, on the Tigers at halftime, but another slow start in the third quarter allowed Grand Junction to regain the lead.

The Tigers used a 12-2 run to start the second half, including six points in less than a minute.

Roberts said starting slow has been a trend all season.

“We were a little slow coming out of half again,” she said. “It is a recurring thing that we are just not mentally fitting together to start the third quarter.

“We gave them a few minutes in the third, and it cost us at the end of the game.”

Bulldogs head coach Matt Ray agreed.

“Once again, we came out tentative in the third quarter and Grand Junction jumped to an early lead and kept it,” Ray said. “I don’t think we were really focused.”

After trailing 9-8 after the first quarter, the Bulldogs came out strong in the second quarter, fueled by consecutive steals by senior Britteny Ivers, to tie the game at 14.

Murray, an MCHS sophomore, nailed a jump shot and followed up with a 3-pointer to push the Bulldogs ahead, 25-19.

Ivers said she thinks the Bulldogs allowed Grand Junction to take command of the game in the third quarter.

“I think we just stopped playing and just settled for what (Grand Junction) was doing,” she said. “It was a bad quarter with a lot of turnovers and letting the other team score.”

Junior Melissa Camilletti was able to turn things around for the Bulldogs at the end of the third quarter, scoring the last four points, including a lay-up at the buzzer to pull the Bulldogs within two points.

When the fourth quarter started, Ivers said the team allowed too many easy baskets.

“Grand Junction was able to knock in a couple of easy lay-ups early to pull ahead,” she said. “Our defense just didn’t play the full quarter.”

Camilletti and Murray led the Bulldogs offense with 13 points each, followed by Roberts and junior Annie Sadvar who scored 11 points each.

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