“It will be fun to get to play with all the really good girls in the state. I feel like we’ll get to play at a different level.”
- Lisa Camilletti, Moffat County High School senior
Two Moffat County girls basketball players were selected to play in the Colorado All-State basketball games this weekend.
Kori Finneman and Lisa Camilletti, both seniors for the Bulldogs this year, are part of the top 16 players in 3A as selected by the Colorado Coaches of Girls’ Sports.
Camilletti led Moffat County in scoring at 11.7 points per game. Finneman was the Bulldog’s No. 2 scorer with 9.5 ppg, and also led them in rebounding (8.2) and steals (2.8).
Finneman said she was at work when she received a call about the opportunity and said it came as a surprise.
“I figured Lisa or Kyleen (Ellgen) would get that before I did, that’s for sure,” she said. “I was surprised but excited.”
Finneman said most of the players on the 3A team are unfamiliar to her, but along with Camilletti will be a couple former opponents she recognized, including Haley Turley, of Olathe, who the Bulldogs beat three times in close games this season, and Chloe Graves, of Kent Denver, who helped knock Moffat County out of the playoffs.
“It’s fun to get to play, and it’s exciting to be able to play with some of those girls instead of against them,” Finneman said. “They are tough.”
CCGS Basketball co-chairperson Merci Ames said players are nominated by their conference coaches at the end of the regular season and then voted on after the state championships. Two teams of eight players are selected for each classification, and they will enjoy dinner and a banquet in Arvada on Saturday before playing Sunday.
Camilletti was selected as an alternate to the team, and after another player was not available to play Sunday, she was invited, as well.
Finneman said she was happy to have a familiar face to enjoy the practice, banquet and game with. Camilletti also is excited to play another basketball game.
“It’s kind of nice because we still have one more chance to play,” Camilletti said.
Neither Bulldog was nervous about having to play after one practice with their All-State teammates. Rather, the chance to play with the talent is enticing.
“It will be fun to get to play with all the really good girls in the state,” Camilletti said. “I feel like we’ll get to play at a different level.”
Camilletti also said she doesn’t think another team in the state will have two players there from 3A. It says something about the talent in Moffat County.
“We didn’t make it all the way to state, but it’s still nice to have people know that there are players from Moffat County who can make it,” Finneman said. “There are girls here who can play and go places.”
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