End of the road: MCHS basketball team struggles offensively in 45-32 loss in Sweet 16
Box score from the Moffat County High School girls varsity basketball team’s game Saturday at Centaurus High School in the second round of the 4A state playoffs:
(Team — 1st — 2nd — 3rd — 4th — final)
• Moffat County — 10 — 7 — 9 — 6 — 32
• Centaurus — 10 — 9 — 10 — 16 — 45
MCHS leading scorers:
(Name — points)
• Annie Sadvar — 12
• Melissa Camilletti — 12
• Lisa Camilletti — 5
LAFAYETTE — Annie Sadvar and Melissa Camilletti were upset following Saturday’s Sweet 16 game at Centaurus High School.
It wasn’t only because the 45-32 loss was the two Moffat County High School seniors’ last game, but because they felt they should have won.
“We shouldn’t have lost,” Melissa said. “We were the better team and we should not have lost.”
“We played terrible and gave up for pretty much the whole fourth quarter,” Sadvar said.
The MCHS girls varsity basketball team struggled to make shots and a late run by Centaurus clinched an Elite 8 berth for the Warriors.
“(Centaurus) played right in your face defense and we had to work hard for any open shot,” head coach Matt Ray said. “We needed to cut or set screens, but we had to earn every shot we did make. In the second half, I think we just got tired and to win a game like this we are going to have to work harder.”
The Bulldogs (18-7) made one field goal in the first quarter, but went into the second tied 10-10 thanks to the team going 8 for 9 from the free-throw line.
MCHS took a 12-10 lead to start the second quarter, but Centaurus answered with a 3-pointer to go up 13-12.
Sadvar said the Bulldogs tried to force things offensively, resulting in sloppy play and turnovers.
“We forced passes we shouldn’t have,” she said. “We needed to calm down and take what was open instead of what we wanted to be open.”
Centaurus took a 29-22 lead early in the third quarter, but Melissa hit two free throws and Sadvar followed up with a lay-up to pull the Bulldogs within three at 29-26 heading into the fourth.
Centaurus went scoreless for the final five minutes of the third.
Sadvar said the Bulldogs played a solid game defensively, doubling down on the post when needed and played “just basic defense.”
Ray said no matter the score, the Bulldogs never quit playing tough defense.
“We had a great effort on defense and our game plan seemed to work well at stopping (Centaurus),” he said. “We were able to get them out of their offense at points during the game. My hat’s off to our girls because they never quit and that is a trademark of our basketball program.”
In the fourth quarter, Centaurus started to push the ball down the court and was able to get uncontested lay-ups on top of clutch jump shots to seal the game.
Sadvar and Melissa each had 12 points in their final game and junior Lisa Camilletti scored five.
Ray said the Bulldogs needed to be more aggressive offensively.
“I always tell the girls they need to be persistent and the shots will start to fall if you continue to take them,” he said. “Against a higher quality team like Centaurus, we need to be more aggressive and I feel we had some unforced turnovers that cost us.
“We needed to put forth effort of being more aggressive and play a faster game.”
Ray said he knows Sadvar and Melissa wanted to win Saturday’s game, but both players’ careers were a success and built on hard work and leadership as three-year starters.
No matter the success they achieved, neither senior wanted their careers to be over just yet.
“We both have been starting since we were sophomores and we held our own in games,” Sadvar said. “We earned what we got.”
“It just went by way too fast,” Melissa said.