The Moffat County High School girls varsity basketball team’s Western Slope League all-conference selections:
(Name — year — honor)
• Melissa Camilletti — senior — first team
• Annie Sadvar — senior — first team
• Lisa Camilletti — junior — first team
• Makayla Camilletti — junior — first team
• Kori Finneman — junior — honorable mention
The Moffat County High School girls varsity basketball finished the regular season on an eight-game win streak to force a three-way tie atop the Western Slope League.
For the second year in a row, the Bulldogs shared the league title with Delta and Glenwood Springs.
All three teams advanced to the Sweet 16 round of the 4A state playoffs before being knocked out of the tournament by a higher-seeded opponent.
As evenly as the three teams seemed to be, the Bulldogs ranked ahead of their league rivals in all-conference selections announced Tuesday.
Seniors Melissa Camilletti and Annie Sadvar and juniors Lisa Camilletti and Makayla Camilletti were all named to the all-conference first team while junior Kori Finneman was named an all-conference honorable mention.
The Bulldogs four first-team selections were more than any other WLS squad.
Head coach Matt Ray said having all five starters honored was a testament to this season’s team mentality.
“I think it shows we have a good core team and played a real team concept type of basketball this season,” he said of the awards. “There was no one player who outlasted any of the others, and the rest of the league recognized that.”
The Bulldogs finished the season 18-7 overall, 10-2 in the WSL, before being beat by No. 2 Centaurus in the Sweet 16.
Melissa was second in the league in points per game, averaging 13.1 points for a total of 328 points on the season.
The senior also led the league in assists with 4.9 per game.
“I tried to look to set up the girls to score by either looking inside for Annie or getting it to the other girls for a 3-point shot,” Melissa said. “I’m not saying we were the better team, but I think the league recognized us for all the hard work we put in this season and what we accomplished.”
Ray said one of Melissa’s greatest attributes was her ability to take over a game when needed.
On Feb. 10 in Delta, Melissa hit a game-winning lay-up as time expired.
“I just think about the team, all the fans and my friends and family and I don’t want to let them down by losing,” Melissa said. “I just try to provide a spark and then count on the team to step it up. I want to get everyone fired up by my play.”
Sadvar led the league with eight rebounds per game, 201 total, and ranked fifth in the league in points per game, averaging 11.2.
“I think I did a good job on rebounds this season and I was able to get more than 200,” Sadvar said. “If the other team gets the rebounds, it gives them another opportunity to score, so the rebounds I could grab were big.
“It feels pretty nice to be recognized for what I put into this season.”
While the seniors were the team leaders, the juniors already set the tone for next season.
Lisa averaged 7.2 points per game and shot 24 percent from beyond the arc, while Makayla dropped 35 percent of her 3-point shots, good for first in the league.
Finneman, who missed five games earlier in the season due to injury, grabbed 113 rebounds this season and averaged 5.2 points per game.
“Lisa was steady in every area and you could count on her to come up big along with Makayla in hitting the 3-point shot,” Ray said. “Kori worked hard all the time and she was yet another player on the court that other teams had to account for.”
Melissa said her and Sadvar earning first-team honors was great, but the juniors’ awards mean more for the future of the program.
“We had a talented group of girls who could all have a great game,” she said. “I think it was really important for three juniors to get recognized because that means they will have a lot of talent coming back for next year.”
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