Craig In a back-and-forth battle, the Moffat County and Bishop Machebeuf girls needed five extra minutes to determine a winner.
Eventually, the Buffaloes did enough to win in overtime, ending Moffat County’s season in the Sweet 16, 54-48. The final margin of six points was the largest either team held throughout the game.
“It was a great game, a good battle,” coach Matt Ray said. “Each team had its chances today, and unfortunately, in overtime they hit more free throws than us.”
The Bulldogs started the game slowly and trailed, 10-6, after the first quarter but found their rhythm on offense in the second quarter, taking a 23-21 lead into halftime on a Jazmine Swindler corner 3.
Machebeuf came back to take the lead in the third quarter before the Bulldogs put together an 8-0 run and gained the advantage in the fourth. Buffalo senior Maggie Smith was whistled for a technical foul, and Katelyn Peroulis’ pair of foul shots gave the Bulldogs a 37-33 lead.
Then Machebeuf’s Jonni Smith took over the game, driving to the basket for a 3-point play to keep it close and scoring the Buffaloes final seven points in regulation.
“We could’ve folded at that point,” Machebeuf coach Dan Young said about the technical. “That was a critical point. But the foul brought us together, and we regrouped. A technical is never good, but if you can have a good one, that was it.”
Trailing, 38-37, Moffat County ran an inbounds play to perfection for Leah Camilletti to knock down a 3, but Machebeuf responded with a layup from Smith at the other end. The Bulldogs had a good look from Peroulis near the end of regulation, but her shot came up short and the game went into overtime.
In overtime, both teams were shooting foul shots on every foul, and the Buffaloes were more efficient from the line in the extra time.
“As our seniors go is kind of how we’ve gone,” Young said. “Our seniors played well down the stretch.”
Moffat County finished its season with a 17-7 record, a district championship and a second-straight trip to the Sweet 16.
“We just came up short. It wasn’t lack of effort or anything like that,” Ray said. “They should be proud of what they did this season. To lose seven seniors (from last year) and then come together and win a district title, they have nothing to hang their heads about.”
Contact Nate Waggenspack at 970-875-1795 or nwaggenspack@CraigDailyPress.com.