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Girls varsity basketball leads for 1st time in the 4th quarter, wins game

Moffat County High School sophomore Melissa Camilletti makes a pass to a teammate during the home opener Friday night against Eagle Valley High School. The Bulldogs won the game, 35-32.

— Playing Friday night for the first time on their court, the Moffat County High School girls varsity basketball team wouldn't let Eagle Valley spoil their home opener.

Despite trailing for most of the game, the team rallied behind Lindsey Yoast and came back to win, 35-32.

Coach Craig Mortensen said the Bulldogs' turnaround came when they started asserting themselves on offense.

"They started playing the right way," Mortensen said. "They started hitting their shots."

Yoast's hot streak was tied to Moffat County's turnaround.

The senior scored six of her nine points in the fourth quarter.

"Coach Mortensen just told us to run the offense and look for scoring opportunities," Yoast said. "He said 'If the opportunity is there, take it.' And it was there."

The team looked apprehensive against a strong Eagle Valley squad (7-2 overall, 0-1 in the Western Slope League).

"I think they are in between," Mortensen said. "They are between being too timid and trying to run the offense instead of seeing who's open. It seems like they are one second late."

But as the fourth quarter rolled around, the Bulldogs appeared to dial it in, Mor­tensen said.

"The openings were there, and they started scoring," he said. "Thank goodness Lindsey scored those points for us. We needed someone to get them."

Yoast said the team was antsy before the start of the first home game but that it eventually wore off.

"In the preseason, we played a lot of tough teams, and going into this game with our record, I was a little nervous," she said. "But we all did our jobs, and we got the win."

Fellow senior Amanda Sny­der added six points, including four in the fourth quarter.

But for Moffat County to be successful, they need to get hot quickly, Snyder said.

"We have to pick it up all game," she said. "We can't wait to pick it up in the fourth quarter."

Annie Sadvar added two points and seven boards, and Callie Papoulas had five points for the Bulldogs (3-6 overall, 1-0 in WSL).

Moffat County did most of its damage in the last frame, picking up 14 of its 35 points.

"We started picking it up," Snyder said. "We weren't playing so hot, so we just said 'Let's go.' We just needed to square up and shoot."

The team will have little downtime before they face Bat­tle Mountain at 4 p.m. today at MCHS.

"We'll enjoy the victory, but they need to be ready," Mortensen said. "It was a battle, and we made it hard on ourselves with the turnovers. But I thought we played really good defense tonight, we just can't turn it over so much."