Despite falling short of goal, 2011-12 season a success for MCHS girls cagers
February 29, 2012
The Moffat County High School girls varsity basketball team’s 2011-12 season:
(Date — opponent — score)
• Dec. 2 — Union — 67-29W
• Dec. 3 — Wasatch — 45-37L
• Dec. 3 — Uintah — 60-53W
• Dec. 8 — D’Evelyn — 62-61W
• Dec. 9 — Fossil Ridge — 53-40L
• Dec. 10 — Castle View — 64-61L
• Dec. 16 — Montrose — 40-29W
• Dec. 17 — Grand Junction — 47-46W
• Dec. 17 — Fruita Monument — 49-45W
• Jan. 5 — Central Grand Junction — 56-37W
• Jan. 7 — Glenwood Springs — 60-47L
• Jan. 11 — Grand Junction — 43-32L
• Jan. 13 — Eagle Valley — 57-27W
• Jan. 14 — Battle Mountain — 58-27W
• Jan. 20 — Delta — 54-39L
• Jan. 21 — Palisade — 58-12W
• Jan. 24 — Steamboat Springs — 55-31W
• Feb. 3 — Eagle Valley — 54-27W
• Feb. 4 — Battle Mountain — 56-24W
• Feb. 10 — Delta — 61-60W
• Feb. 11 — Palisade — 48-36W
• Feb. 14 — Glenwood Springs — 44-37W
• Feb. 17 — Steamboat Springs — 48-35W
• Feb. 24 — Thompson Valley — 65-41W*
• Feb. 25 — Centaurus — 45-32L*
— MCHS went 18-7 overall and 10-2 in the Western Slope League.
- 4A state playoff game
The Moffat County High School girls varsity basketball team's goal this season was to advance to the Elite 8 in the 4A state playoffs.
While the Bulldogs were eliminated in the Sweet 16, head coach Matt Ray said the season was far from a disappointment.
"It was a great season, we had a great record, and we had a good finish," he said Tuesday. "We were a little disappointed we lost when we did, but overall, it was a great year."
The Bulldogs wrapped up the season with an 18-7 overall record and a 10-2 mark in the Western Slope League.
Last season, MCHS split the league title three ways with Delta and Glenwood.
In January, the Bulldogs lost to both teams — Glenwood on the road and Delta at home — to fall within a loss of being knocked out of the league title chase.
Senior Annie Sadvar said she and her teammates knew the situation was important, but never felt like they were out of it.
"After losing to Delta, we didn't have a good feeling about starting the league play out that way, but we just prayed things would work out for us," she said. "We could only control what we had to do, and that was to beat both of those teams the next time.
"We knew the talent we had on the team and we knew if we showed up to any game, we could win."
Glenwood went Feb. 4 into Delta and left with a 56-48 win, giving each team one loss in the league.
Then, MCHS took care of business as senior Melissa Camilletti hit a game-winning lay-up at the buzzer Feb. 10 in Delta before the Bulldogs scored a 44-37 victory over Glenwood on Feb. 14 in their home finale.
After beating Steamboat on the road, the Bulldogs again shared the WSL title with Glenwood and Delta.
"We never thought we were out of it," Ray said of the league race. "We didn't like that we needed help from Glenwood, but once they beat Delta there was no doubt in any of our minds we could do what it took to win and the girls responded well."
The Bulldogs never lost more than two games in a row during the year and went on a nine-game winning streak at the end of the season, including a 65-41 victory over Thompson Valley in the second round of the playoffs, before falling 45-32 to second-seeded Centaurus in the Sweet 16.
The playoffs have become the norm for the Bulldogs, and Ray said the team uses early season tournaments to prepare for the competition level and intensity.
This season, MCHS played three games each in Vernal, Utah, the Steamboat Springs Shootout and the Black Canyon Classic before league play began.
"The style of tournaments is rougher and quicker than normal games," Ray said. "We play a tough preseason so we can compete against bigger schools and have that experience. Yes, we could play weaker schools and have more confidence from winning, but we wouldn't have the physical or faster edge we get from playing the bigger schools."
This year marked the final season for Sadvar and Melissa, both three-year starters.
Sadvar said she grew as a player over the three years and the growth culminated in her and Melissa leading the team this year.
"I think we helped push the team in every game," she said. "We never accepted a loss and we never gave up in a game, and I hope that helped the other girls play the same way.
"We wanted to go further in the playoffs, but big picture, it was a pretty successful season."
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