Girls scoring vs. Coal Ridge
Jazmine Swindler 14
Morgan Lawton 11
Cheianne Pinnt 9
Allie Ehlers 9
Leah Camilletti 5
Lauren Samuelson 3
Just four days after giving up 74 points to the Coal Ridge girls basketball team, the Moffat County defense was a different animal Tuesday.
The Bulldogs slowed everything down and locked down the Titans' top scorers, finishing their district quarterfinal game with a 52-35 win. They move on the semifinals of the 3A Western Slope district, with a chance to win the tournament that starts Friday in Palisade.
Coal Ridge hosted Moffat County and dominated in the second half for a 74-59 win last Friday, but it was the Bulldogs who took over in the second half Tuesday on the way to victory.
“We had a strong third quarter this time,” Leah Camilletti said after the game. “We shut down some of their main scorers too.”
Camilletti was instrumental in locking the Titans down. Whenever she was in the game, she guarded Coal Ridge’s Paige Ryan, who had 26 points in Friday’s game but just four Tuesday. Post player Britni Allen’s scoring was cut in half between the two games, from 16 to eight.
“We cut their two big scoring threats right out of the game,” coach Matt Ray said. “That was what we wanted to do. Know where Paige was at all times and not let their big girl beat us inside.”
Moffat County didn’t press the whole game and was methodical on offense, working the ball around the perimeter for extended periods on each possession. The result was a lower-scoring game that the Bulldogs were more comfortable to play.
“I thought we needed to slow it down,” Ray said. “They’re actually faster than us. They’re a team that can go on a run like we can, but they’re actually faster at it than us.”
The Bulldogs had to survive such a run to secure the win. Trailing 31-18 with 2:10 left in the third quarter, Coal Ridge called a timeout and came out of it on fire. It put an 11-0 run together to make it a two-point game entering the fourth.
But Moffat County responded, getting two layups from leading scorer Jazmine Swindler (14 points) to make it 35-29. From there, the defense got back on track, and the Bulldogs put the game away.
“I told them, 'We had our run, and they had their run. Now, it’s time for us to settled down and go win the game,,” Ray said.
Moffat County will play Grand Valley in the district semifinals Friday in Palisade. Camilletti said that to keep the Bulldogs' playoff run going, they need to keep playing together, which has been a process this season.
“This is the first year we’ve played together, so we’re not that used to each other,” she said. “There’s been some games when we didn’t know what to look for from each other, but I think we’re getting there.”
Contact Nate Waggenspack at 970-875-1795 or nwaggenspack@CraigDailyPress.com.