Sassy Murray looks to beat two Gunnison defenders on a fast break Saturday in Craig. Moffat County's girls varsity team beat the Cowboys 45-27 on the strength of big runs in the second and third quarter. They are 10-1 and still in first place in the Western Slope League.

Photo by Nate Waggenspack

Sassy Murray looks to beat two Gunnison defenders on a fast break Saturday in Craig. Moffat County's girls varsity team beat the Cowboys 45-27 on the strength of big runs in the second and third quarter. They are 10-1 and still in first place in the Western Slope League.

Moffat County uses runs to dispatch Gunnison

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Girls varsity scoring vs. Gunnison

Kyleen Ellgen 12 points

Bailey Hellander 8

Makayla Camilletti 6

Lisa Camilletti 4

Tori Snyder

Jazmine Swindler 2

Allie Ehlers 2

Kori Finneman 2

Katelyn Peroulis 2

Shaylyn Buckley 2

Brittany Walker 2

They didn’t look their best for the entire game, but Moffat County’s girls were still very good in spurts and picked up another win at home.

The Bulldogs’ offense looked sluggish at times during their game against Gunnison, but that was balanced out by quick scoring in bunches as they cruised to a 45-27 win Saturday in Craig.

After three straight road games, the return home was not as comfortable as one would hope. The team played in Olathe on Friday night and got back into Craig in the early morning hours Saturday, making rest between games more difficult to come by than normal, coach Matt Ray said.

That could explain some of the difficulty for the Bulldogs.

“We had heavy legs from the night before,” Ray said. “I told the girls before the game that it was going to be one of those games where things weren’t going to fall for us and it wasn’t going to come easy. We just had to work through it.”

It was a close game in the second quarter, when Gunnison tied the game at 14 with 4 minutes and 35 seconds left. Moffat County had not scored to that point in the quarter, but Lisa Camilletti drove and scored on the ensuing possession, sparking a 12-0 run for the Bulldogs.

During the final four minutes of the half, the offense moved and passed crisply, getting open looks and burying them. Camilletti said there wasn’t a big difference in the Bulldogs’ play, it was just a good stretch.

“We just go on runs,” she said. “I think we just got more aggressive after (the made basket) and had momentum.”

Again in the third quarter, Moffat County’s offense stalled, scoring two points in the first five-plus minutes. But they scored seven in the final portion of the quarter, sparked by a Tori Snyder 3-pointer.

Throughout the game, however, Moffat County’s defense was stout, making the points they scored plenty to win. Ray said he figured going on runs here and there would be enough.

“Overall, I don’t think it was too bad,” he said. “Eventually we’d hit our runs and score some points, and that’s exactly what we did. They played with us to a point, we had a little spurt, and you could kind of see them go, ‘Oh, here it goes.’”

The win brought Moffat County’s record to 11-3 (10-1 Western Slope League) this season and kept them in first place in the league. They play at Basalt at 2 p.m. Saturday.

Nate Waggenspack can be reached at 875-1795 or nwaggenspack@craigdailypress.com.

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