Leah Camilletti goes to the basket between two Middle Park players Friday in Craig. The sophomore led Moffat County with 22 points in a 62-55 regional semifinal win against the Panthers.

Photo by Nate Waggenspack

Leah Camilletti goes to the basket between two Middle Park players Friday in Craig. The sophomore led Moffat County with 22 points in a 62-55 regional semifinal win against the Panthers.

Moffat County girls basketball hot from outside in regional win

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Girls scoring vs. Middle Park

Leah Camilletti 22

Jazmine Swindler 9

Allie Ehlers 8

Morgan Lawton 7

Brittany Walker 6

Katelyn Peroulis 6

Cheianne Pinnt 2

Lauren Samuelson 1

Charli Earle 1

— Moffat County’s girls came out the gate on fire, scoring the first nine points against Middle Park.

The Panthers called a quick timeout and regrouped to keep the game close but never threatened the rest of the way in their 3A regional semifinal Friday. Moffat County moved on to today’s regional final with a 62-55 win.

Leah Camilletti led the way for Moffat County with 22 points, and the sophomore hit four of the team’s six 3-pointers in the game as the Bulldogs got the job done on the perimeter.

“We started off with the press and jumped on them,” coach Matt Ray said. “When (Middle Park) did figure it out, the 3 was wide open for us, and our girls took it.”

Camilletti led the game with a 3, and the Bulldogs kept hoisting them in the first half, as Middle Park’s size combined with a packed-in 2-3 zone stuffed most of their attempts to drive to the basket.

“I think we took a few and hit a few, then we just kept shooting them,” Camilletti said. “Their big girl was blocking up a lot of the inside.”

Erin O’Connor scored 13 points and had five blocks for the Panthers, who couldn’t generate enough stops to get back in the game.

After five 3s for the Bulldogs in the first half, Middle Park played man-to-man defense in the second, and Moffat County responded by getting to the basket more often and running its offense.

“Beginning in the third, I thought we worked our offense a bit better,” Ray said. “A couple times, Jazmine (Swindler) got to the basket and (dished) it off past their defenders.”

Moffat County was sloppier on offense Friday than it recently has been but showcased a more potent offense to maintain the lead.

“We just kept scoring on offense,” Camilletti said. “Our defense wasn’t great, and we kept having turnovers, so that was how we kept the lead.”

Moffat County earned a spot in its second consecutive regional final game, which it will play against Bishop Machebeuf today in Craig. Eleventh-seeded Machebeuf dominated The Academy in an earlier game Friday.

“I actually think we match up a bit better with them,” Ray said about Machebeuf. “Mainly because of the bigger girl inside (on Middle Park). She’s a really good player and gives our team some trouble.”

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

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