Moffat County boys spoil senior night at Cedaredge

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Scoring at Cedaredge ...

Boys varsity leading scorers

Kort Hatthorn, 17 points

Taft Cleverly, 14

Tyler Davis, 13

Joe Camilletti, 9

Matt Hamilton, 7

Girls varsity

Lisa Camilletti, 20 points

Bailey Hellander, 11

Kori Finneman, 10

Allie Ehlers, 9

Tori Snyder, 4

Jazmine Swindler, 2

Sassy Murray, 2

Katelyn Peroulis, 2

Makayla Camilletti, 2

After losing for the first time in almost two months Tuesday at Aspen, it was important for the Moffat County boys basketball team to respond well and get back on track.

The Bulldogs did just that at Cedaredge, beating the Bruins, 69-59, Friday night. In front of a raucous senior night crowd in Cedaredge, they battled through a tense game, head coach Eric Hamilton said, but played well and came away with a win.

“It was a really tough first half, (Cedaredge was) red hot, shooting red hot,” Hamilton said. “They played really well. It was their senior night and they were playing tough. But our guys played hard.”

The Bulldogs battled foul trouble but got big minutes from players off the bench, including 17 points from freshman Kort Hatthorn. They led 35-28 at half and held onto a small lead for much of the second half, eventually hitting foul shots to create the final margin, Hamilton said.

Cedaredge’s size was a problem for Moffat County, Hamilton said, but they adjusted on defense and played a good offensive game as well.

“I thought we looked good,” he said. “Sometimes we force things, but if we’re patient in the half court we get some good shot opportunities and we shot pretty good free throws.”

The win keeps Moffat County in the hunt for at least a share of the Western Slope League Championship. At 12-2 in the league, they trail Roaring Fork by a game. They host the Rams today in Craig, in a must-win game.

Hamilton said he was hoping to have an easier time in Cedaredge to help his players stay rested for the important matchup today, but the Bruins wouldn’t allow that in their final home game.

“We didn’t want to have to play so dang hard tonight, but we’ll take the win and hopefully be ready for tomorrow,” he said. “I know everybody’s pumped for tomorrow.

Girls basketball picks apart Bruins

When the Moffat County girls basketball team is clicking, it can be a scary machine.

The Bulldogs were on their game Friday night at Cedaredge, beating the Bruins, 62-35, in one of the more complete games head coach Matt Ray has seen from his team.

Lisa Camilletti hit four threes and scored 20 points to lead Moffat County, which methodically pulled away from Cedaredge throughout the game, outscoring them in each quarter. They played well on both sides of the ball, and at their preferred pace, Ray said.

“It was actually a pretty good game,” he said. “It was a high-energy, high-tempo game, fun in that way. We really just played pretty well all the way around.”

Ray said the Bulldogs used full-court pressure in the first half and man-to-man and zone half-court defenses in the second half. Throughout, he was pleased with the effort.

The Moffat County offense was executing, aided by hot-shooting from Camilletti, who became the first Bulldog to break 20 points in a game this season.

“Lisa Camilletti with four threes, Bailey Hellander was driving hard to the basket making good plays,” Ray said. “Today (Lisa) was just stroking it, it was really good to see that. We played a good game, all four quarters.”

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