Melissa Camilletti, a Moffat County High School senior, goes up for a shot Tuesday against Glenwood Springs at MCHS. Melissa hit clutch free throws in the fourth quarter to lead the Bulldogs to a 44-37 victory, forcing a three-way tie atop the Western Slope League.

Photo by Joshua Gordon

Melissa Camilletti, a Moffat County High School senior, goes up for a shot Tuesday against Glenwood Springs at MCHS. Melissa hit clutch free throws in the fourth quarter to lead the Bulldogs to a 44-37 victory, forcing a three-way tie atop the Western Slope League.

MCHS girls hoops team forces 3-way tie atop WSL with 44-37 victory

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MCHS Girls Varsity Basketball against Glenwood Springs

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

(1st — 2nd — 3rd — 4th — final)

• Moffat County — 13 — 10 — 12 — 9 — 44

• Glenwood Springs — 8 — 9 — 12 — 8 — 37

MCHS leading scorers:

(Name — points)

• Makayla Camilletti — 13

• Melissa Camilletti — 8

• Annie Sadvar — 7

The Moffat County High School girls varsity basketball team was no stranger to the circumstances surrounding Tuesday’s game against Glenwood Springs.

A victory and the Bulldogs would move into a three-way tie for the Western Slope League title. A loss would knock them out of contention.

MCHS faced the same situation last year in Glenwood, but this season the Bulldogs were playing at home on senior night.

Senior Melissa Camilletti hit four clutch free throws down the stretch to secure a 44-37 victory for her team and move the Bulldogs into a three-way tie for first place in the league with Glenwood and Delta.

“I was nervous but I wasn’t having a good shooting night, so I knew I had to pick it up in some other area,” Melissa said of her free throws. “It feels really good to get this victory, like a weight off our shoulders. We have put together a run of victories, so we are showing improvement late in the season.”

Glenwood (18-4 overall, 9-2 WSL) dropped the first bucket of the game, but never lead again, as the Bulldogs took a 3-2 lead on a 3-point play from senior Annie Sadvar.

Junior Lisa Camilletti gave Moffat County a 19-10 lead to start the second quarter with back-to-back jump shots and the Bulldogs went into halftime leading, 23-17.

Bulldogs head coach Matt Ray said his team came out poised and ready to play.

“We knew where we wanted to go with the ball and we didn’t let them attack us on offense,” he said. “In the last game their strength was 3-pointers, but (Tuesday) we held them to two and they had no where else to go after that.”

The Bulldogs (16-6 overall, 9-2 WSL) lead by as many as 11 points in the third quarter, but Glenwood brought it within eight entering the fourth.

The Demons capitalized with a 3-point play early in the fourth to pull within two, but couldn’t match Melissa’s free throws in the end.

Junior Makayla Camilletti led the Bulldogs with 13 points, Melissa had eight and Sadvar contributed seven.

Melissa said the victory was a great way for her and Sadvar to go out in the last home game of their high school careers.

“It was our final home game so I was nervous it would affect Annie and I’s games,” she said. “But we went out hard. It feels great, like we accomplished something.”

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