Jazmine Swindler gets into the lane Saturday vs. Gunnison. Swindler had seven of her nine points in the first half as Moffat County went on to win, 58-50.

Photo by Nate Waggenspack

Jazmine Swindler gets into the lane Saturday vs. Gunnison. Swindler had seven of her nine points in the first half as Moffat County went on to win, 58-50.

Moffat County outlasts Gunnison in home-opener

Girls varsity scoring

Katelyn Peroulis 13

Allie Ehlers 11

Jazmine Swindler 9

Cheianne Pinnt 9

Leah Camilletti 7

Morgan Lawton 6

Brittany Walker 3

With some tough play down the stretch, the Moffat County girls basketball team evened its league record with a win against Gunnison.

The Bulldogs held off a Cowboys rally in the second half and won, 58-50, to improve to 3-2 this season and 1-1 in the Western Slope League. Junior Katelyn Peroulis led the Bulldogs with 13 points.

Moffat County outplayed Gunnison in the first half, sinking baskets from everywhere on the court. They finished with a three from Peroulis at the halftime buzzer to take a 33-18 lead into the break.

But Gunnison proved it was a game opponent in the third quarter as its two biggest players on the court, Leah Huizenga and Jordan Wallin, were continually fed the ball and brought the Cowboys back into it.

“We’re not big, and we haven’t worked a whole lot on defending the post like that,” head coach Matt Ray said. “So we’ll work on doubling the post faster, and we’ll get better at defending the lob, but we aren’t there yet.”

Gunnison got as close as six points at 54-48 late in the game, but the Bulldogs buckled down from there. They forced Gunnison to foul and then either hit from the line or grabbed the rebound. Three straight offensive boards off free throws put a Cowboys comeback out of the question.

“When we need the play at the end, we made it,” Ray said. “I thought Cheianne (Pinnt) came in and played well with her defense. Katelyn (Peroulis) had one of her best games for us. And Katia (Voloshin) came in in the fourth quarter and was big for us. She grabbed a couple rebounds for us.”

The win evened Moffat County’s league record at 1-1 after a loss at Olathe Friday and sent them into break on a high note.

“Gunnison is a good team, I think at the end of the year they could be a sleeper in the league,” Ray said. “They’re that caliber with those two big girls scoring. We had more good balanced scoring, which is what we need.”

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

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