Moffat County girls basketball comes up big in first tournament

Heading to Utah for its first games of the season, the Moffat County girls basketball team was looking to see how it stacked up against some big schools from the neighboring state.

The team came away from its tournament in Vernal with more than just experience to hang its hat on, as the Bulldogs picked up two wins Saturday to return to Craig with a 2-1 record.

The weekend started slow, as Moffat County struggled offensively in its first game against Orem High School. Orem boasts a much taller team than MCHS, but the Bulldogs didn’t do themselves any favors with a three-point third quarter.

“The first game we came out with some pregame jitters,” said head coach Matt Ray. “That third quarter we couldn’t get the ball to fall in the hole, and if we would’ve it probably would have been a different game.”

Leah Camilletti led Moffat County with 10 points in the game, which lost 48-36.

The team regrouped Saturday, however, and took it to Logan and Tooele, schools that would be big enough to be 5A and 4A in Colorado. It led with a 57-50 win over Logan, in which balanced scoring throughout the team and in each quarter carried Moffat County.

“We had a really good game overall, I thought,” Ray said. “Nine girls scored in that game, and that was all nine girls who played.”

Finally against Tooele, Moffat County took a two-point lead into halftime before exploding for 24 points in the third quarter to break the game open. It would go on to win, 62-51, with 10 different players scoring in the game.

It was a productive weekend for the Bulldogs, who are replacing over 90 percent of their scoring from last season with got contributions from all over the court.

“We were by far the smallest school there and we battled and competed every game,” Ray said. “It was really good for us to go there and see that we’re capable of playing at that level already.”

Contact Nate Waggenspack at 970-875-1795 or nwaggenspack@CraigDailyPress.com.

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