Morgan Lawton goes up during the third quarter of Moffat County's 63-16 win against Aspen on Tuesday in Craig. The Bulldogs are now in third place in the Western Slope League after picking up their fourth straight win.

Photo by Nate Waggenspack

Morgan Lawton goes up during the third quarter of Moffat County's 63-16 win against Aspen on Tuesday in Craig. The Bulldogs are now in third place in the Western Slope League after picking up their fourth straight win.

Moffat County girls basketball wins big against Aspen

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— On the first possession of the game, good ball movement found Cheianne Pinnt under the basket for an easy layup, and Moffat County didn’t look back.

Girls scoring vs. Aspen

Katelyn Peroulis 11

Jazmine Swindler 8

Allie Ehlers 8

Leah Camilletti 7

Lauren Samuelson 7

Brittany Walker 5

Emily White 5

Morgan Lawton 5

Tiawna Smercina 2

Hannah Walker 2

Cheianne Pinnt 2

Katia Voloshin 1

It was Pinnt's only two points of the game, but she had plenty of help from her teammates. The girls basketball team put a press on Aspen, and the Skiers could barely manage to get the ball past midcourt, let alone score, en route to a 63-16 Bulldogs win. Intercepting passes and stripping the ball on nearly every possession, the Bulldogs led 11-0 just three minutes into the game and 28-3 at the end of the first quarter.

“They couldn’t handle any of our pressure,” coach Matt Ray said. “So we backed off after a little bit, but we still wanted to work on our (man-to-man defense), so we stayed in that in the halfcourt.”

Playing against its second straight opponent at the bottom of the Western Slope League, Moffat County won its fifth game in a row and improved to 10-4 this season and 8-3 in the WSL. In the process, the Bulldogs moved into third place in the league.

Of the 12 players to get into the scorebook for Moffat County, Katelyn Peroulis led all scorers with 11 points. Jazmine Swindler and Allie Ehlers added eight apiece, while Leah Camilletti and Lauren Samuelson chipped in seven.

A difference-maker in recent games for Moffat County has been its ability to play pressure defense without picking up as many fouls. The Skiers only reached the bonus for foul shots late in each half Tuesday.

“That’s helping us because usually, teams were in the bonus in the first quarter of the half,” Camilletti said about the reduced foul count.

While the two wins were important to keep the Bulldogs on track in the league, the matchups going into the end of their season will be much more difficult. It starts Friday with a game against Cedaredge, which beat Moffat County in their first meeting this season.

The Bulldogs will try to take away all the good they can from their recent big wins to help down the stretch.

“We’ve got a long stretch of 11 days with five games, and all five are important,” Ray said. “At least we’re all healthy, and hopefully, they’re well rested because they’ve basically played a half in each of our last two games.”

In the second half against Aspen, the Bulldogs focused on running set plays, trying to get a specific shot off screens and cuts. Camilletti thinks that will help them in the coming weeks, when opposing defenses are better.

“It’s gotten our confidence up, and we’ve had time to run our offenses,” she said.

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

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