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2nd-half surge carries Moffat County girls past Coal Ridge

Nate Waggenspack

Moffat County's Leah Camilletti goes to the basket after splitting Coal Ridge defenders Friday in Craig. Camilletti scored 10 points for the Bulldogs, who beat the Titans, 59-48.

— In a must-win Western Slope League game, the Moffat County girls basketball team made the necessary adjustments to pick up a win.

At halftime, the Bulldogs trailed by four and had played sloppy basketball, but they turned it around and ousted Coal Ridge, 59-48. Allie Ehlers led the team with 18 points, 14 of them in the second half.

Neither Coal Ridge nor Moffat County could gain much traction on offense in the first half, as turnovers often led to another turnover in the other direction.

"I thought we came out really tense," said head coach Matt Ray. "We tried to play faster than normal and it wasn't working. I didn't think we really loosened up until the last five minutes of the game."

Coal Ridge built its lead in the first half on the offensive glass. Possession after possession, Titan bigs Britni Allen and Kaitlyn Detlefsen grabbed misses and put them back in. In the second half, that changed.

"At halftime, we talked about (how) the only way we win this game is if we start rebounding," Ehlers said. "We had to stop letting them get second and third shots."

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Ehlers thought the Bulldogs picked up their defense, as well, which gets the team going in all aspects of the game.

Coal Ridge was hamstrung with a thin roster for the matchup, missing three players, including leading scorer Paige Ryan. Titans coach Damon Martinez said their lack of depth was a major factor in the tides turning.

"Their depth got to us," he said. "Really, I think they wore us down. We only brought seven players, dealing with some suspensions. Still, we had that as a four- or three-point game late, so a couple more plays could have made that a different game."

The Bulldogs built a 43-35 lead with less than four minutes left, but Coal Ridge pressed and closed the gap to 46-44 just a couple minutes later. But Moffat County stood tall on offense, getting a basket from Ehlers, a stop and two free throws from Leah Camilletti to push the lead back out to six.

Moffat didn't shoot free throws well in the game but made its final seven Friday to seal it.

"They made some plays and they earned the win," Martinez said about the Bulldogs. "I'm proud of our girls for coming in here and making them really work for it."

The win kept Moffat County within striking distance of the WSL's best at 4-2. Coal Ridge is now 6-3 in the league.

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

MCHS scoring vs. Coal Ridge

Allie Ehlers 18

Leah Camilletti 10

Morgan Lawton 9

Brittany Walker 8

Katelyn Peroulis 5

Jazmine Swindler 5

Cheianne Pinnt 4

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