The Moffat County High School girls varsity basketball team jumped out to a 31-10 halftime lead Friday at Eagle Valley en route to a 54-27 victory. Despite the win, head coach Matt Ray said the Bulldogs need to keep striving to improve as the season’s toughest games draw nearer.

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The Moffat County High School girls varsity basketball team jumped out to a 31-10 halftime lead Friday at Eagle Valley en route to a 54-27 victory. Despite the win, head coach Matt Ray said the Bulldogs need to keep striving to improve as the season’s toughest games draw nearer.

MCHS girls basketball cruises to 54-27 victory at Eagle Valley

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Box score from the Moffat County High School girls varsity basketball team’s game Friday at Eagle Valley High School:

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

• Moffat County — 13 — 18 — 14 — 9 — 54

• Eagle Valley — 7 — 3 — 6 — 11 — 27

MCHS leading scorers:

(Name — points)

• Melissa Camilletti — 17

• Makayla Camilletti — 11

• Annie Sadvar — 10

• Kylee Ellgen — 9

Matt Ray said the Moffat County High School girls varsity basketball team expected to get a win Friday at Eagle Valley.

The Bulldogs lived up to their own expectations, riding a big first-half lead to a 54-27 victory to score a sweep over the Devils this season.

But, Ray said it is the work a team puts in against a lesser opponent that can make the difference later in the season, something his team didn’t do in the second half against Eagle Valley.

“In the first half, we came out and did what we needed to take a 31-10 halftime lead,” he said. “But in the second half, we were not as good as I had hoped and we let one of their girls look better than she probably should have.”

The Bulldogs (12-6 overall, 5-2 Western Slope League) won the first game over the Devils, 57-27, on Jan. 13 at MCHS.

While the score wasn’t much different Friday, Ray said when playing a team like Eagle Valley, who fell to 5-15 overall and 1-8 in the league with the loss, the goal is to keep improving.

“When you play weaker teams, you want to keep getting better, and I don’t think our win made us any better overall,” he said. “It was a game we probably should have won, but we need to do the things that can make us improve.”

Senior Melissa Camilletti led the Bulldogs with 17 points, junior Makayla Camilletti scored 11 and fellow senior Annie Sadvar added 10.

Junior Kylee Ellgen contributed nine points coming off the bench.

Friday’s contest was the third consecutive game the Bulldogs have put up over 50 points and the fifth time in the last six games.

“Our offense was not too bad and we got the shots we wanted,” Ray said. “Anytime you can score 54 points, your offense is doing the things it needs to. We turned the ball over more times than we had hoped, but we played a good offensive game.”

Defensively, however, is where the Bulldogs let of the gas in the second half, Ray said.

“In the first half, we denied (Eagle Valley) and didn’t let anyone shine,” he said. “But in the second half, we let them cut where they wanted inside and we weren’t as intense at moments as we had been earlier.

“They only scored 27 points, but it should have been worse.”

The Bulldogs come back home to host Battle Mountain at 2 p.m. today.

With the Huskies yet to win a league game, Ray said today is another opportunity for his girls to play sharp and come out strong.

“When you play a team that is not as good as you, you can’t play at their level,” he said. “(Today) is another one of those types of games, so we have to stay sharp and play at a high level so we are ready for the better league teams.”

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