Cheianne Pinnt competes for the ball during Moffat County's basketball game at Olathe Friday. The Bulldogs lost the game, 54-43. The boys basketball team followed that up with a win over the Pirates, 74-27.

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Cheianne Pinnt competes for the ball during Moffat County's basketball game at Olathe Friday. The Bulldogs lost the game, 54-43. The boys basketball team followed that up with a win over the Pirates, 74-27.

Moffat County basketball splits league openers at Olathe

Girls varsity scoring

Morgan Lawton 13

Cheianne Pinnt 9

Lauren Samuelson 5

Charli Earle 4

Jazmine Swindler 4

Brittany Walker 4

Leah Camilletti 3

Boys varsity leading scorers

Joe Camilletti 16

Kort Hathhorn 12

Javen Gumber 12

Tyler Davis 11

Despite a game effort, the Moffat County girls basketball team started its Western Slope League season with a loss at Olathe.

The Bulldogs held a slim lead after one half, but foul trouble played a big role in the second half and Olathe won the game from the foul line, 54-43. Moffat County fell to 2-2 (0-1 WSL).

Head coach Matt Ray was pleased with the team’s play throughout, but said he thought the officiating played a bigger role than it should have later in the game.

“The kids played really, really good,” Ray said. “They shot 34 free throws and we shot 19. They made 22 and we made 10, that’s the difference in the score right there. That’s where (Olathe) scored their points.”

Moffat County led 25-21 at halftime but had three guards — Jazmine Swindler, Cheianne Pinnt and Leah Camilletti — foul out in the game. With fouls stacking up, Olathe was able to regain the lead in the third quarter and held on.

“We struggled a little bit getting the ball going,” Ray said about the third quarter. “We had a few turnovers, some travels mostly. But we were still in the game, just down three.

“Our girls battled and they kept their composure. I couldn’t be any prouder in how they played, even in the environment we were in.”

Bulldog boys crush Olathe to open league

The MCHS boys basketball team came out on fire and shut Olathe down to start league play 1-0.

As part of a 23-point first quarter, the Bulldogs hit six three-point shots and never looked back on the way to a 74-27 win. They now are 3-1 (1-0 WSL) this year.

“They got off the bus really fired up and ready to play,” said head coach Eric Hamilton about the team. “I thought we played really well tonight. Our 3s were dropping, (Olathe) was kind of packed in on us and we hit some shots.”

Four players scored in double figures for Moffat County, including Joe Camilletti’s game-high 16 points. At least four players have had 10 or more in each game this season.

The team’s defense held Olathe to just 13 points through three quarters, which was just the type of start the Bulldogs wanted.

“We wanted to make a statement,” Hamilton said. “I thought we came out and let people know our defense is going to be fierce.”

Both teams will play in Craig today, with the girls and boys varsity games scheduled to host Gunnison at 2 and 3:30 p.m., respectively.

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

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