3A Western Slope League girls standings
Grand Valley 12-1*
Moffat County 8-4
Coal Ridge 9-5*
Roaring Fork 3-10*
*played a game Friday night, results not known by press time
After playing one of its worst defensive quarters of the season, the Moffat County girls basketball team never fully recovered in a loss against Cedaredge on Friday night.
The team pulled within one or two points on several occasions throughout the game but never got the basket it needed to tie or take the lead in a 58-54 loss to the Bruins in Craig. In the process, the teams created a logjam for second place in the 3A Western Slope League standings.
"We dug ourselves too big of a hole," said Katelyn Peroulis after the game. "They made free throws to keep us out of it."
Moffat County trailed 20-12 after a quarter and struggled to stop anything the Bruins were doing on offense, but it buckled down and closed to win one point in the second quarter, then trailed by four at halftime.
“I thought in the second quarter we shut them down,” head coach Matt Ray said. “But in the second half, when we really needed the rebound, when we really needed a basket, we didn’t get it.”
Leah Camilletti led the Bulldogs with 14 points while Morgan Lawton and Jazmine Swindler each contributed 10, but Alyssa Isaman scored 24 points for Cedaredge and hurt Moffat in the paint all game. In the fourth quarter while the team was protecting a lead, guard Nellie Freeman went 5-6 from the foul line to maintain the advantage.
In the second half, Moffat County surrendered several offensive rebounds on key possessions, hurting their chances to come back.
“Games like this sometimes show what weaknesses you do have,” Ray said. “For most of the year, we’ve been about even with teams rebounding but they have a strong rebounding team. They got two, three, four shots in the second half and we got one.”
Peroulis said the Bulldogs can build off the sting of another close loss to the Bruins, since they still have games against similar opponents coming up.
"We've just got to play the whole game," she said. "We need to rebound and play together, just let it all flow together and we'll be fine."
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