Eighth-grader Alex Hamilton puts up a jump shot late in the fourth quarter of the Craig Middle School eighth grade A game vs. Rawlins Thursday at CMS. Hamilton finished the game with 10 points, but the Bulldogs lost a close game, 35-33.

Photo by Nate Waggenspack

Eighth-grader Alex Hamilton puts up a jump shot late in the fourth quarter of the Craig Middle School eighth grade A game vs. Rawlins Thursday at CMS. Hamilton finished the game with 10 points, but the Bulldogs lost a close game, 35-33.

CMS girls lose nail-biter to Rawlins

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Mattie Jo Duzik looks to pass during the CMS-Rawlins eighth grade A basketball game Thursday in Craig.

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CMS eighth grade B team lost, 18-13.

CMS seventh grade A team won, 29-19, led by Jana Camilletti's 13 points

CMS seventh grade B team won, 21-10, led by Josie Timmer's 10 points.

Next game: 9 a.m. Saturday vs. Rangely at CMS and Sandrock Elementary.

Sometimes in bad basketball one quarter can doom a team.

The Craig Middle School eighth grade girls A basketball team learned that lesson the hard way Thursday evening at CMS.

The Bulldogs suffered a loss at the hands of Rawlins Middle School, 35-33, in a game that went down to the wire, but saw the Bulldogs come up short. CMS outscored the Colts over the majority of the game, but surrendered 14 points in the second quarter and could not complete a comeback.

After taking an 8-5 lead through one quarter, the Bulldogs’ offense stalled in the early part of the second and Rawlins took advantage. The Colts got out on several breaks and scored eight straight to take the lead.

By the time Craig had regained its footing, the Bulldogs had an uphill battle in front of them and went into the half down 15-19.

Over the game’s other three quarters, CMS outscored Rawlins 26-21, but they could not equalize the game in a frantic final quarter. They applied full-court pressure down by three points with just under two minutes to play and forced turnovers, but came up short on a couple possessions while within one score.

Head coach Candi Hellander said it was a difficult loss to take, but came in a well-contested game.

“It was a fun game,” Hellander said. “I’d like to be on the winning side of that buy yeah, it was a good game.”

It was just the second game of the season for CMS, a point Hellander addressed when talking about the team’s performance, which she said gave the Bulldogs plenty to work on.

“Our girls haven’t been practicing for awhile and we’ve only had a few games, so we have a few things to work on,” she said. “We need to get in better shape. We have to be able to get back on defense, that’s going to be the biggest thing.”

CMS was led by Josie King’s 13 points, while Alex Hamilton added 10 and Mattie Jo Duzik had eight.

The Bulldogs play again Saturday when the Rangely seventh and eighth grade teams come to Craig. The 9 a.m. starts will be a chance for the Bulldogs to right the ship.

Nate Waggenspack can be reached at 875-1795 or nwaggenspack@craigdailypress.com. Follow Craig Daily Press sports coverage on Twitter at @CDP_Sports.

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