Kori Finneman puts up a transition basket against Roaring Fork's Autumn Grandberry on Saturday in the MCHS gym. Finneman finished with 16 points as the Bulldogs avenged their only league loss with a 65-44 win.

Photo by Nate Waggenspack

Kori Finneman puts up a transition basket against Roaring Fork's Autumn Grandberry on Saturday in the MCHS gym. Finneman finished with 16 points as the Bulldogs avenged their only league loss with a 65-44 win.

Moffat County girls lock up Western Slope League with win over Roaring Fork

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Girls varsity scoring

Lisa Camilletti, 25

Kori Finneman, 16

Makayla Camilletti, 12

Kyleen Ellgen, 4

Bailey Hellander, 3

Tori Snyder, 3

Katelyn Peroulis, 2

— The Lady Bulldogs wanted nothing to do with Roaring Fork spoiling another game for them. The Rams beat Moffat County by 10 in December, but the Bulldogs hadn’t lost since.

On Saturday, Moffat County avenged its only loss in the Western Slope League and sealed up the league title with an easy 65-44 win at home.

Lisa Camilletti continued her hot shooting and led the way with 25 points, including five 3-pointers.

The third-quarter proved key for the Bulldogs. They scored 27 points and hit five 3-pointers in the frame to push the lead to 25 by the start of the fourth.

Moffat County head coach Matt Ray had thought his team was playing well before, but when the shots started falling so quickly, it was even better.

“Really, I thought we played well all game,” Ray said. “It’s just shots were falling, especially the 3’s. Our defense was good all game, we just finished them off.”

Roaring Fork scored the first four points of the game, but Moffat County then set up its press and began to force turnovers. The Bulldogs opened up a double-digit lead, but the Rams responded at the end of the second and beginning of the third quarters, closing the gap from 14 to six points at 28-22.

That’s when the Bulldogs found their shooting stroke.

“Which Camilletti was it who had 14 (in that quarter)?” Roaring Fork coach Kirk Cheney asked after the game. “When she’s on target, you better not give her an open shot.”

Cheney expressed frustration at the inconsistency from the Rams, who showed flashes of good play throughout the game.

“At times it was good, but for the most part not so good,” he said. “A lot of our setbacks this year has been getting in our own way.”

The Bulldogs’ press caused problems for Roaring Fork for much of the game. It kept them from establishing a half-court offense for much of the first half, and led to turnovers and baskets in the decisive third quarter.

Moffat County improved to 14-1 in the WSL and can be caught only by Olathe in the loss column, whom the Bulldogs swept in the regular season. With Roaring Fork as the only blemish on their league record, Ray was happy to return the favor Saturday.

“It really does (feel good to win),” he said. “I didn’t think we played our best in that (first) game, and here was much better. We wanted to beat them.”

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

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