Jazmine Swindler puts up a shot at the end of the first quarter Saturday in Craig. Swindler led Moffat County with 10 points as the Bulldogs beat Roaring Fork, 48-38, and improved to 9-4 in the league.

Photo by Nate Waggenspack

Jazmine Swindler puts up a shot at the end of the first quarter Saturday in Craig. Swindler led Moffat County with 10 points as the Bulldogs beat Roaring Fork, 48-38, and improved to 9-4 in the league.

Moffat County girls hoops takes down Roaring Fork with defense

Girls scoring vs. Roaring Fork

Jazmine Swindler 10

Cheianne Pinnt 9

Leah Camilletti 9

Morgan Lawton 5

Allie Ehlers 5

Brittany Walker 4

Lauren Samuelson 2

Katelyn Peroulis 2

Charli Earle 2

— In a game that was much closer than the team would have liked, Moffat County girls basketball picked up the win it needed Saturday against Roaring Fork.

The Bulldogs hosted the Rams in their third game of the week and put together an inconsistent performance but ultimately made the winning plays to put away the game, beating the Rams, 48-38.

“I thought we looked kind of dead,” coach Matt Ray said after the game. “Yesterday was an emotional game for us, and I think that carried over a little bit.”

The Bulldogs trailed, 16-14, after a quarter but buckled down on defense the rest of the way. It was on the offensive end where the team was uneven for much of the game. It put together an 8-0 run to start the second quarter but then didn’t score for more than five minutes. Similarly in the third quarter, the Bulldogs scored seven points in two minutes but just five the rest of the way.

“We were not working as a team very much, and we weren’t very positive,” Cheianne Pinnt said. “I think we slowed down a little bit on offense because we were tired.”

Roaring Fork pulled to within two points at 36-34 with 6:11 remaining in the game, and the Bulldogs responded with four straight points from Jazmine Swindler and closed out the game.

“I think we gave that game our heart in the fourth quarter,” Pinnt said. “We played better together, and we hustled. Our hustling made a big difference.”

Moffat County didn’t force the number of turnovers or get transition baskets at the same rate it usually does, but it shut the Rams down in the halfcourt. In the end, picking up the win and keeping pace with the other top teams in the league were what mattered.

“We did enough to get the win, and that’s good,” Ray said. “This has been a tough week. Three games with a tough loss last night. We’ve got another one next week.”

The Bulldogs close out the regular season at Gunnison on Tuesday, at Coal Ridge on Friday and against league-leading Grand Valley in Craig on Saturday. To Pinnt, the formula for being successful in those games is simple.

“We just have to be positive with each other, and we have to work as a team,” she said. “If we don’t do that, we won’t play well.”

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

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