Moffat County junior Jazmine Swindler tries to pass out of pressure during the Bulldogs' game against Olathe on Saturday in Palisade. In a tight game, Moffat County came away with a 46-41 victory and won the district championship.

Photo by Nate Waggenspack

Moffat County junior Jazmine Swindler tries to pass out of pressure during the Bulldogs' game against Olathe on Saturday in Palisade. In a tight game, Moffat County came away with a 46-41 victory and won the district championship.

Moffat County girls basketball beats Olathe late, wins district title

Girls scoring vs. Olathe

Makayla Camilletti 14 points

Lisa Camilletti 12

Kori Finneman 6

Kyleen Ellgen 5

Bailey Hellander 4

Sassy Murray 3

Allie Ehlers 2

There seems to be no situation the Moffat County girls basketball team can’t handle.

Once again Saturday, the Bulldogs found themselves behind in the second half of a tight game. And once again, they delivered in the fourth quarter, this time beating Olathe, 46-41, and securing a district championship.

The Bulldogs were behind 30-27 entering the fourth quarter but executed at their best down the stretch, forcing turnovers from the Pirates and making shots that they had been missing earlier. They strung together a 13-4 run the in fourth quarter and protected the lead with free throws at the end of the game.

Haley Turley led all scorers with 22 for Olathe, but Moffat County’s team play in the final quarter made the difference.

“We just keep playing hard,” head coach Matt Ray said. “It seems like in the last quarter, we find that extra little boost. It helps that we have five seniors out there for the most part. It’s a mature team. Not once did I see them panic.”

Lisa Camilletti gave the Bulldogs the lead for good on a pair of free throws early in the fourth quarter, which she followed up with a three-pointer on the next possession. From there, Moffat County had Olathe scrambling more on offense and was able to push the lead further.

Makayla Camilletti, who led Moffat County with 14 points, said the team is good at finishing because they build on what has happened throughout the rest of the game.

“In clutch time, we know to step it up more,” Makayla Camilletti said. “In the first half, we aren’t playing as much to our potential. We’re seeing what’s open, so by the fourth quarter, we know where we can go.”

The win was Moffat County’s third against Olathe this season and earned the Bulldogs the district title in the team’s first year in 3A.

“We wanted to win league. We wanted to win district. Now we’ve got to win five more if we want to be state champions,” Ray said. “And it’s because these girls have all earned it. They’ve worked hard all year. That’s why we’re here.”

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

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