Box score from the MCHS girls varsity basketball team’s game Saturday at Battle Mountain High School:
(Team — 1st — 2nd — 3rd — 4th — final)
• Moffat County — 16 — 16 — 12 — 14 — 58
• Battle Mountain — 6 — 6 — 2 — 13 — 27
MCHS leading scorers:
(Name — points)
• Annie Sadvar — 21
• Lisa Camilletti — 13
• Kylee Ellgen — 7
• Makayla Camilletti — 6
Matt Ray said playing one of the bottom teams in the Western Slope League could have made it hard for the Moffat County High School girls varsity basketball team to keep up the intensity.
However, on Saturday at Battle Mountain High School, the Bulldogs did what they needed to in a 58-27 victory.
“We came out and played our style of game,” said Ray, the Bulldogs’ head coach. “We took care of the ball and were patient on offense and played really good defense.”
The Bulldogs (9-5 overall, 2-1 WSL) came out strong, outscoring the Huskies (2-10 overall, 0-3 WSL) 16-6 in the first quarter.
The second quarter was no different, resulting in another 16-6 quarter, and the Bulldogs led 32-12 at the break.
“We had to make sure we came out and played a solid game against a team we knew we could beat no matter how we played,” Ray said. “We weren’t sloppy or out of control and didn’t get lazy with any reaching penalties.”
Senior Annie Sadvar controlled the game inside, scoring 21 points to lead the Bulldogs.
Juniors Lisa Camilletti and Kylee Ellgen had 13 points and seven points, respectively.
Ray said the team’s gameplan heading into the match-up was to get the ball inside.
Battle Mountain had no answer for Sadvar, Ray said, allowing the senior to hit 10 of 11 free throws.
“We wanted to get the ball inside and Annie took care of the ball there and drew the fouls,” he said. “When they started to collapse around (Sadvar) and double and triple team her, we worked the ball outside and Lisa was able to hit three 3-pointers and Makayla (Camilletti) was able to hit two 3-pointers.”
The MCHS players held the Huskies to 14 points through three quarters and led 44-14 heading into the fourth, when junior varsity players came into the game.
On Friday at home against Eagle Valley, Ray said the girls had too many reaching fouls early on.
Against Battle Mountain, the Bulldogs only sent the Huskies to the foul line twice in the first three quarters.
“Defensively, we didn’t want to allow any easy buckets,” Ray said. “We were able to play fundamental defense with our feet and not our hands and stayed out of foul trouble. The JV players were a little hyped to get in and had some reaching problems, but our varsity played a solid defensive game.”
The Bulldogs began league play Jan. 7 in a loss to Glenwood Springs.
Ray said two league wins over the weekend helped get the girls back in the thick of the league race.
“It is nice to get back in a positive flow,” he said. “We could have came out here (against Battle Mountain) and won and not have improved, but instead we did things we can build upon and use to get ready for the next game.”
MCHS will host Delta High School at 6 p.m. Jan. 20.
Ray said his players needed to stay mentally ready heading into the game against the Panthers, who shared a part of the league title last season with the Bulldogs.
“We wanted to play to our potential every game and make sure we are always improving,” he said. “We need to look sharp as we head into our game with Delta and make sure we are under control and can be successful against a top team in the league.”
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