The Moffat County High School girls varsity basketball team overcame a slow start Friday night to hand league foe Delta High School their first Western Slop loss, 46-39.
After scoring just four points in the first quarter, the Bulldogs, led by seniors Britteny Ivers and Lauren Roberts, stormed back to take over the lead in the third quarter and hold on for the victory.
Ivers and Roberts each had 12 points for MCHS. Junior Melissa Camilletti and sophomore Sassy Murray had nine points each.
Bulldogs head coach Matt Ray said he was happy with the way his defense played Friday.
“The defense played really well and was able to contain (Delta’s) best player from the field,” he said. “We got in foul trouble late, but the girls held on.”
The Panthers’ Skylyn Webb led Delta with 16 points, but Ray said Webb was only able to get six points from the field.
“(Webb) hit big free throws in the fourth quarter when she would drive in and we would get a hand in,” Ray said. “We did a good job stopping her and containing her play.”
Webb aside, Ray said the Bulldogs ability to control the ball got them the win.
“The whole game, everyone was very patient,” he said. “We didn’t go for big turnovers, but we got some, and we out rebounded (Delta).”
The Bulldogs are 9-6 overall, 3-1 in the Western Slope.
In overall team effort, Ray said the team played exceptional.
“The girls played very controlled and poised,” he said. “We did the little things right to get the win.”
Hit with a zone defense in the first quarter, the team was forced to make adjustments to stay in the game.
Ray said after the adjustments, the girls played their style of ball.
“Our team needed to settle and not force shots, which they were doing in the first (quarter),” Ray said. “Delta caused some turnovers early on, but we started to work the ball around and used patience and good things happened.”
If the team was able to hit a few more free throws, they shot 21 for 36, Ray said the margin of victory wouldn’t have been so close.
Looking forward, Ray said handing Delta their first league loss was essential for his team.
“We are toward the top of the league standings now,” he said. “If we would have lost, we may have had a tougher time, but now if we keep winning, I think we can win the league championship.”
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