Jazmine Swindler tries to fake out her defender Monday in Craig. Swindler scored 16 points to lead the Bulldogs, who put together a big fourth quarter to beat Olathe, 58-53.

Photo by Nate Waggenspack

Jazmine Swindler tries to fake out her defender Monday in Craig. Swindler scored 16 points to lead the Bulldogs, who put together a big fourth quarter to beat Olathe, 58-53.

Moffat County girls basketball beats Olathe with clutch play late

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Girls scoring vs. Olathe

Jazmine Swindler 16

Cheianne Pinnt 10

Allie Ehlers 8

Katelyn Peroulis 7

Charli Earle 5

Leah Camilletti 5

Morgan Lawton 5

Brittany Walker 2

— When the Moffat County girls basketball team visited Olathe in December, it saw the Pirates pull away from a tight game with foul shooting in the final minutes. On Monday, it was the Bulldogs who made the plays down the stretch.

In a game that saw neither team take a lead larger than five points, Moffat County held the advantage on the scoreboard when it mattered. Led by Jazmine Swindler’s 16 points, the Bulldogs picked up the win, 58-53.

“We knew it would be tough a game,” coach Matt Ray said. “At their house, I think we let one get away from us, for many reasons. But today we didn’t. We got the rebound we needed and came away with the win.”

Moffat County (10-4, 6-3 Western Slope League) and Olathe (12-3, 9-3) were tied at halftime, at the end of the third quarter and again with less than three minutes to play in the game. But Swindler was able to beat her defender and get to the basket to give the Bulldogs a lead they wouldn’t relinquish. Cheianne Pinnt hit a foul shot and Allie Ehlers finished off a layup to secure the win.

It was one of many successful drives to the basket for Swindler, who was able to beat Olathe defenders off the dribble throughout the game.

“I was seeing the openings today, I guess,” she said after the game. “Coach told me to take an extra dribble, and I was doing that today.”

Moffat County committed 15 fouls in the first half and had its top two post players, Ehlers and Morgan Lawton, unavailable. In a pinch, Ray turned to Charli Earle to play inside, and she responded with five points and tough post defense.

“I think that was a big difference in the game,” Ray said. “Without her playing like that Olathe probably gets a lead and that might have been it. But she really stepped up for us.”

Swindler said the Bulldogs encouraging each other throughout the game helped them in when it came down to the key moments in the fourth quarter.

“We played more as a team than we have been, I think, and we were all really pumped up,” she said. “We didn’t celebrate too much, but just saying ‘good job’ to each other after making a shot, that kept us going.”

The win was an important one for Moffat County’s season, but Swindler acknowledged that several more are on the way.

“It did feel good to beat (Olathe), but we’ve still got a lot of hard games ahead,” she said.

Contact Nate Waggenspack at 970-875-1795 or nwaggenspack@CraigDailyPress.com.

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