Makayla Camilletti, a Moffat County High School junior, squares her feet before knocking down a 3-pointer Saturday against Battle Mountain at MCHS. Makayla scored 19 points, including five 3-pointers, to help lead the MCHS girls varsity basketball team to a 56-24 victory over the Huskies.

Photo by Joshua Gordon

Makayla Camilletti, a Moffat County High School junior, squares her feet before knocking down a 3-pointer Saturday against Battle Mountain at MCHS. Makayla scored 19 points, including five 3-pointers, to help lead the MCHS girls varsity basketball team to a 56-24 victory over the Huskies.

MCHS girls overcome slow start in 56-24 home court win

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MCHS girls varsity basketball against Battle Mountain

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

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

• Moffat County — 6 — 13 — 22 — 15 — 56

• Battle Mountain — 5 — 2 — 8 — 9 — 24

MCHS leading scorers:

(Name — points)

• Makayla Camilletti — 19

• Annie Sadvar — 13

• Melissa Camilletti — 9

• Bailey Hellander — 4

The Moffat County High School girls varsity basketball team jumped to an early 6-0 lead in the first quarter Saturday against Battle Mountain at home.

However, the six points were the only points the Bulldogs scored in the first quarter and MCHS only put 19 total on the board in the first half.

Head coach Matt Ray said it could be hard for players to get ready for a game against a lesser opponent, such as the Huskies, who came into Saturday’s game without a league win.

But, after halftime, the Bulldogs came out firing, scoring 22 points in the third quarter en route to a 56-24 victory.

“It is really hard to get up for a game where no matter how well you play, you will probably win,” Ray said. “At halftime we had a little talk and I told them they can’t play this way against a good team and win and that every game counts toward possible seeding in the playoffs. We need to look good in every game.”

The Bulldogs (13-6 overall, 6-2 Western Slope League) controlled the tempo in the first half, but missed shots and rushed passes in a series of stalled possessions.

Seniors Annie Sadvar and Melissa Camilletti kept MCHS in the game in the second quarter, scoring all 13 of the team’s points.

In the second half, however, it was junior Makayla Camilletti who took over, scoring 16 of her team-leading 19 points in the third and fourth quarters.

“I felt we worked more as a team in the second half,” Makayla said. “We knew we had to play (Battle Mountain) just like we would if we were playing Glenwood or Delta.

“The win gives us momentum moving forward and hopefully we can keep the good shooting going.”

Sadvar was second on the team with 13 points and Melissa contributed nine points.

The Bulldogs hit seven 3-pointers in the game, five of which came from Makayla.

“The 3-point shots add up a lot quicker and it helps that our post played so well because they could kick it out to us,” Makayla said. “It is definitely big to get into a rhythm when shooting 3-pointers. I try not to think, just go for it.”

Battle Mountain (2-17 overall, 0-9 WSL) didn’t score more than 10 points in any quarter.

The Bulldogs switched to a full-court man defense in the second half, which Ray credited to jump starting his team in the contest.

“We were in their faces and played aggressive,” he said. “We knew if we took away their strong hand, they wouldn’t have much else. They hit some shots they just threw up, but we didn’t give them any easy looks.”

With the end of the season closing in and big games against Delta and Glenwood Springs remaining, Ray said it was crucial to get a win Saturday.

“We have a tough road trip coming up and I think the girls gained some confidence this weekend,” he said. “We are going to be playing in some must-win games, so we need to keep playing our style of game and be ready to go.”

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