Box score from the MCHS girls varsity basketball team’s game Thursday at Central Grand Junction High School:
(1st — 2nd — 3rd — 4th — final)
• Moffat County: 16 — 6 — 21 — 13 — 56
• Central: 8 — 4 — 4 — 21 — 37
MCHS leading scorers:
(Name — points)
• Melissa Camilletti — 11
• Annie Sadvar — 11
• Kori Finneman — 10
• Makayla Camilletti — 8
Makayla Camilletti wasted no time in the opening minute Thursday against Central Grand Junction High School.
Makayla, a Moffat County High School junior, opened the MCHS girls varsity basketball team’s first game since Dec. 17 with two 3-pointers to give the Bulldogs an early lead.
The Bulldogs used a balanced offensive attack and a stingy defense en route to a 56-37 victory over Central on the Warriors’ home court.
“Coming out of the break, we played really well,” head coach Matt Ray said. “We scored 16 points in the first quarter and the girls came ready to play and played their game.”
The Bulldogs (7-3) held the Warriors to 16 points in the first three quarters.
Ray said Central slowed the game down in the second quarter, holding Moffat County to six points.
But, the Bulldogs made adjustments at halftime to put up 21 points in the third quarter.
“Our defense did well for the first three quarters and held (Central) to single digit points in each quarter,” Ray said. “They scored on a few fastbreak plays off of missed shots, but they had no answer for our defense.”
The Warriors scored 21 points in the final quarter, but Ray said he played his junior varsity players in the frame to get them experience.
Seniors Melissa Camilletti and Annie Sadvar led the Bulldogs with 11 points each, junior Kori Finneman scored 10 and Makayla added eight points.
Ray said he wasn’t sure how the break would affect his team, and he hoped the girls wouldn’t play down to their opponent.
“I told the girls all week we needed to play strong against Central to play well going into (league play),” he said. “They came in and knew what they had to do and played a good game.”
Ray said the most practice time was spent on offensive consistency over the break.
With the balanced scoring attack, the Bulldogs showed improvement, the coach said.
“We didn’t force anything and played really steady,” Ray said. “Central slowed the pace in the second quarter, but we still took good shots and played well-balanced offense.
“We had no setbacks coming back and played at the same level as before the break.”
The top four scorers were within three points of each other, and Ray said everyone playing as a team is going to be key as Western Slope League play begins Saturday at Glenwood Springs High School.
“Annie, Kori and Bailey (Hellander) had a big game inside, and Lisa (Camilletti), Melissa and Tori (Snyder) took care of the ball on the perimeter,” he said. “Everyone did their part and I can’t say anyone outshined anyone else on the team.”
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