2013 Yampa Valley Athlete of the Year
Consistent, hard work will get you a long way in high school athletics.
Having experience on your side doesn’t hurt, either.
The Moffat County girls basketball team had work ethic and a been-here-before attitude for the 2012-13 season. With seven seniors who had contributed varsity minutes the year before, expectations were high for the Bulldogs.
After a rocky start against tough competition in Utah, Moffat County didn’t disappoint. The Bulldogs finished the season 20-4 and hosted regional playoff games as the sixth seed in the 3A state tournament, eventually losing to Kent Denver in the round of 16. At one point in the season, the girls rattled off 18 straight wins.
All that success came from a group that had been there before and was comfortable playing no matter the situation.
“We had seven seniors that all had a lot of game experience, and they really worked well together,” head coach Matt Ray said. “I think you saw that especially at the end of the season when we won some close games because they were tough at the end.”
Moffat County garnered its success on the court by committee. Just one of the Bulldogs averaged more than 10 points per game, but eight others scored at least three points per contest.
Lisa Camilletti, the Bulldogs’ leading scorer at 11.7 points per game, said the success came because they were a tight-knit group that wanted to win.
“We all got along and bonded well,” Camilletti said. “We all cared a lot about basketball, too.”
They also got the job done on the defensive end, averaging 15.3 steals per game through tenacious full-court pressure.
Moffat County went 15-1 in the Western Slope League, losing to Roaring Fork in December before beating the Rams in their next two meetings. They won the regular season and district tournament crowns, beating previous champ Olathe in the district championship game.
“The first time we played all of them, it was just brand new for us” playing in 3A, Ray said. “Confidence-wise, once we played everybody once, the girls just believed they could go through and beat everybody. That’s the way it played out.”