Moffat County basketball tops Roaring Fork, preps for busy weekend

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Olathe at Moffat County

Girls 6 p.m., boys 7:30 p.m. Friday

MCHS gym

Moffat County at Gunnison

Girls 2 p.m., boys 3:30 p.m. Saturday

Gunnison

Moffat County’s basketball teams picked up two more wins in rare Tuesday games, heading to Carbondale and beating Roaring Fork.

The girls team played first and earned a much-needed road win, defeating the Rams 54-36. Leah Camilletti led the Bulldogs with 16 points while fellow sophomore Morgan Lawton chipped in 12.

“It was an overall good game for us,” said head coach Matt Ray. “The press worked really well for us and Leah had a big game shooting. Really we just controlled the game.”

Roaring Fork was a team that consistently gave Moffat County trouble last year, but graduated most of its key players and did not handle MCHS’s pressure well, Ray said.

The win pushed Moffat County’s record to 7-4 and 5-3 in the Western Slope League. The team sits in fourth in the WSL, behind Cedaredge, Olathe and Grand Valley, all of which still have to visit Craig for a game.

First up is Olathe, which is 8-2 in the league and visits the Bulldogs Friday. After losing a 20 points-per-game scorer from last season, the Pirates have been balanced on offense this year with four girls averaging eight or more points.

After Friday night’s game, the teams have a lengthy trip to Gunnison Saturday. Two wins would keep the Bulldogs on pace with the rest of the teams at the top of the league, while a loss would cripple their chances at a league title.

Boys beat Roaring Fork with defense

In the second varsity game, Moffat County’s boys team beat Roaring Fork 68-54.

Roaring Fork is the defending WSL champions but lost nearly every player from last year’s team to graduation. Still, the Rams came out as game opponents Tuesday.

“I was very impressed with how tough they were,” said head coach Eric Hamilton. “We came out asleep in the first quarter and they took it to us.”

Roaring Fork led 15-13 after a quarter and was down by just five at halftime, but the Bulldogs opened a gap on them in the second half. Their pressure defense created turnovers out of the gate in the third quarter and got Moffat County quick baskets to open a larger lead.

Javen Gumber had his best game of the season, pouring in 17 points on the Rams.

“We won this game on defense,” Hamilton said. “Our speed got to them I think in the second half. It was a good win for us.”

Moffat County is now 7-1 in the WSL, still a game behind undefeated Aspen. A home game against winless Olathe Friday shouldn’t present a problem, but to stay within reach of Aspen, the Bulldogs will need to win at Gunnison on Saturday.

They beat Gunnison by 26 in December, but the Cowboys have lost just one game at home this season.

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

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