Friday scorers ...
Girls Varsity scores
• Kori Finneman 15 points
• Lisa Camilletti 13
• Kyleen Ellgen 13
• Makayla Camilletti 5
• Bailey Hellander 4
• Jazmine Swindler 3
• Allie Ehlers 1
Boys varsity scores
• Tyler Davis 21 points
• Tyler Hildebrandt 10
• Joe Camilletti 10
• Matt Hamilton 9
• Phillip Chadwick 8
• Taft Cleverly 7
• Wyatt Oberwitte 6
• Kort Hatthorn 2
• Kody Fief 2
• Javen Gumber 2
The Moffat County girls basketball team would not be denied Friday in New Castle.
The Bulldogs recovered from a poor-shooting first half and got it going in the second to survive a game Coal Ridge team, 54-46.
Moffat County (8-3, 7-1 Western Slope League) struggled in its first road game of 2013, but dispatched the Titans (5-7, 4-5 WSL) with a strong second half on both sides of the ball.
Down 11 at halftime, the Bulldogs looked out of sorts. Their shots weren’t falling from beyond the arc or in the paint, and they turned the ball over much more than normal in the first half.
Matt Ray said it was a case of Moffat County not being ready for Coal Ridge’s speed, and rushing as a result.
“We were trying to rush things too much,” Ray said of the first half. “Offensively we were off balance. They were quick and fast and we didn’t keep up with that at the beginning.”
But that all changed in the second half, when the Bulldogs outscored the Titans 36-17, including a 20-7 final quarter to retake the lead. Ray said he told the team they could get back into it by playing their game.
“I just told them we needed to settle down and play our game,” he said. “We’ll get back in this thing. We came out with poise, started going inside. Once we go the lead, I was pretty pumped about being able to get that win.”
Three seniors, Kori Finneman, Lisa Camilletti and Kyleen Ellgen led the charge, scoring 30 of their combined 41 points in the second half.
While it wasn’t Moffat County’s best performance, Ray said it will be valuable to be tested the way they were Friday night.
“It’s good for us to be challenged and have this type of pressure,” he said.
The Bulldogs will take on Grand Valley at 12:30 p.m. today in Parachute.
Bulldog boys roll to comfortable win over Titans
Moffat County dominated Coal Ridge in what their coach called their best half of the season, then coasted to it’s sixth straight win Friday in New Castle.
The Bulldogs (10-1, 7-1 WSL) used their defensive pressure to create turnovers and had everything going on the offensive side of the ball on their way to a 48-19 halftime lead which would result in a 77-64 win. Leading scorer Tyler Davis was especially hot, hitting five three-pointers and scoring a game-high 21 points.
Head coach Eric Hamilton loved what he saw in the first half against Coal Ridge (1-11, 1-8).
“I believe that’s our best half of basketball we’ve played all year,” Hamilton said. “48 points, held them to 19. Everything was clicking in that first half.”
Moffat County backed off its defense in the second half and Coal Ridge shot much better, but Hamilton still didn’t like the second half very much, in which Coal Ridge never threatened Moffat County’s win, but closed the gap considerably.
“I would have liked to have seen them hold them to the same amount of points, but (Coal Ridge) kind of lit it up in the second half,” he said. “We weren’t as aggressive. We still need to clean it up in the half court on defense.”
Still, the Bulldogs got balanced scoring, with seven players scoring six or more points, and showed the way a team needs to play on the road.
“That first half, these guys were just an awesome team,” Hamilton said. “That was great to see, after a bus ride, to get off and play like that. We just need to play four quarters like that.”
Nate Waggenspack can be reached at 875-1795 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow Craig Daily Press sports coverage on Twitter at @CDP_Sports.