Buzzer beater gives MCHS girls basketball team 61-60 victory in Delta
Box score from the MCHS girls varsity basketball team’s game Friday at Delta High School:
(Team — 1st — 2nd — 3rd — 4th — final)
• Moffat County — 11 — 16 — 12 — 22 — 61
• Delta — 16 — 11 — 10 — 23 — 60
MCHS leading scorers:
(Name — points)
• Melissa Camilletti — 27
• Annie Sadvar — 18
• Makayla Camilletti — 6
The Moffat County High School girls varsity basketball team needed a win Friday night in Delta.
The Bulldogs trailed the Panthers in the Western Slope League by two games a week ago, but following Delta’s first league loss to Glenwood on Feb. 4, MCHS had a chance to pull even with their league foe with a victory.
The MCHS seniors made it happen.
Melissa Camilletti led MCHS with 27 points and Annie Sadvar scored 18 as the Bulldogs pulled out a 61-60 win in a thriller that saw Melissa hit a driving lay-up as the buzzer went off to give her team the win.
“The girls played really well,” coach Norm Yoast said. “They took the things they had been doing in practice all week and showed a lot of composure in a noisy gym on Delta’s senior night.
“The seniors stepped up and led this team.”
Yoast, who coaches the girls freshmen team, filled in for an absent Matt Ray, who could not be at the game because of a personal matter.
Delta (16-4 overall, 8-2 WSL) beat the Bulldogs, 54-39, in the two teams’ first game Jan. 20 in Craig and to start Friday’s game, it looked like MCHS was going to play their way out of another game.
Yoast said the Bulldogs (14-6 overall, 7-2 WSL) came out flat in the first quarter as the Panthers took an early 16-11 lead.
However, the Bulldogs found their stride, tying the game 27-27 heading into halftime.
“Delta jumped out to a big lead early, but the girls played smart,” Yoast said. “We struggled with turnovers and fouls early on, but the girls kept coming back with their best effort.”
The game went back and forth throughout the fourth quarter, Yoast said, with the Bulldogs taking a five-point lead with about a minute remaining.
But, the Panthers took the lead back with 8 seconds left, forcing an MCHS timeout.
“We drew a play up on the board and got the ball in hoping they would foul Melissa because we were in the double bonus,” Yoast said. “But, Melissa drove the length of the court and hit a lay-up as the buzzer went off. It was one of those plays you never see happen the way you want to, but it did this time.”
Yoast said the Bulldogs played patient offense all night, working the ball inside to Sadvar, who earned a good chunk of her points from the charity strip.
“Matt (Ray) worked with the girls all week on being patient and reversing the ball,” he said. “Besides the first part of the first quarter, I don’t think I have seen the girls play a better three-and-a-half quarters of basketball.”
The Bulldogs knew a key to victory would be slowing Delta junior Skylyn Webb, who scored 26 in the first game.
Yoast said MCHS didn’t give up any easy shots and had a hand in Webb’s face all night.
“We played soft man-to-man and got good help-side on Webb,” he said. “We did not give up any uncontested shots and gave (Delta) nothing easy. We controlled the boards and didn’t give up second shots.”
The Bulldogs play at 1 p.m. today at Palisade High School.