Team at a glance...
2011-12 record: 18-7, 10-2 WSL
Head coach: Matt Ray
Key team stat: The Bulldogs return 3 all-league selections and seven seniors to this year's team.
Coming off a dominant WSL season and postseason berth, the sky is the limit for the Moffat County girls basketball team.
Last year’s 18-7 (10-2 WSL) team brings back host of experience with seven seniors on the team. Several of those played significant minutes on last year’s team, which made the Sweet 16 of the Colorado 4A Girls State Basketball Tournament.
The Bulldogs also boast a talented junior class that will add depth to an already strong varsity roster. They were successful playing without the full roster over the summer and are looking to build off that performance as the season starts.
Craig Daily Press spoke with head coach Matt Ray and three seniors—Lisa Camilletti, Kylee Ellgen and Sassy Murray—about the expectations for the girls basketball team in 2013:
Craig Daily Press: What is the team outlook for this year?
Sassy Murray: It’s looking pretty good. We have seven seniors and our juniors are pretty strong as well, so we’re pretty confident that we’ll at least play together as a team because we’ve grown up together.
CDP: What does 3A look like vs. 4A last year?
Lisa Camilletti: Our league is easier, but when we got to state it will be just as tough as it was last year.
CDP: You had a good season in the WSL last year (10-2). Is there a sense you could do even better this year?
LC: Our goal is to go undefeated in league.
CDP: And what about the postseason?
SM: We just want to go in and play every game as hard as we can and go as far as we can against the private schools, because they’re really good. Since we have seven seniors and a really strong team, we want to go as far as we can and take advantage of our last year.
CDP: What kind of style of play will fans see?
Kylee Ellgen: We’re a pretty quick team, we like to go fast. We don’t like to slow down very much.
CDP: You bring back a lot of experience this year.
Matt Ray: We have seven seniors this year which is phenomenal. I don’t think we’ve had that in nine years. They all are quality kids that play hard, we have some great juniors coming in that are going to support us. The depth, we should be able to go 11 or 12 players deep, which is really rare at our level.
CDP: With all that, the team had a pretty successful season last year.
MR: Last year we did really well. Last two years we were Sweet 16 and we almost made the eight last year. Now we’ve got almost the same team back and we’re dropping down a league. But 3A is tough, it’s not going to be easy. Olathe is always tough, Grand Valley is really tough. Roaring Fork is going to be good in that league. We’re going to have to show up and play every game if we want to win that league.
CDP: What kind of play will we see from the team this year?
MR: Hopefully we’ll be up-tempo. To get off a fast start, we press, we try to run as much as we can. Our offense is a hybrid-motion. We’re always moving. And defensively we like to get after it. It’s in-your-face type of defense. It’s usually a fun style to watch. We like to score points as fast as we can and get the ball back as fast as we can.
CDP: Any goals for this year?
MR: We have goals every year. Last year we wanted to make the Elite Eight and we didn’t, we came short of that. We want that for this year, but also, we think if we play well, by the end of the year we could maybe compete for that championship. Who knows, every year things have to go your way for something like that.