MCHS girls basketball ends two-game skid with 57-27 victory
January 14, 2012
Box score from the Moffat County High School girls varsity basketball team’s game Friday against Eagle Valley High School:
(1st — 2nd — 3rd — 4th — final)
• Moffat County — 18 — 11 — 15 — 13 — 57
• Eagle Valley — 5 — 4 — 10 — 8 — 27
MCHS leading scorers:
(Name — points)
• Melissa Camilletti — 14
• Annie Sadvar — 12
• Makayla Camilletti — 12
• Kylee Ellgen — 8
Makayla Camilletti said she knew the Moffat County High School girls varsity basketball team would have to take care of the ball Friday if they wanted to get back on track.
The Bulldogs dropped two straight games heading into Friday's match-up against Eagle Valley High School at home.
Makayla, a MCHS junior, started Moffat County out on the right foot, following a lay-up to open the game with a 3-pointer to give her team an early 5-2 lead.
The Bulldogs never looked back, keeping Eagle Valley at bay on offense and limiting their turnovers en route to a 57-27 victory.
"We played really good and didn't play down to (Eagle Valley's) level and kept up our intensity," Makayla said. "We definitely had less turnovers than we have been having and we stepped it up on offense."
The Bulldogs (8-5 overall, 1-1 Western Slope League) committed more than 35 turnovers Wednesday at Grand Junction High School, but Friday, MCHS was the one causing turnovers using a full-court pressure defense in the first half
Eagle Valley (3-8 overall, 0-3 WSL) was held to five points in the first quarter and four in the second and the Bulldogs led 29-9 heading into halftime.
"We had some reaching problems in the first half, but we played (Eagle Valley) straight up on defense and made them make the mistakes," head coach Matt Ray said. "We used a zone and half-court defense and both still resulted in steals and the girls made good things happen."
Ray said he talked to the girls Thursday during practice about limiting turnovers and they responded with a great showing Friday.
"I told the girls they had to take care of the ball and I talked to the players individually on what they had to do to help the team," he said. "It may have been tough to take, but the girls took what I said and worked hard and got it done (Friday)."
Senior Melissa Camilletti scored 14 points to lead the Bulldogs' offensive attack and Makayla and senior Annie Sadvar each contributed 12 points.
Ray said the girls had fewer turnovers because they were patient with the ball and worked it around the perimeter.
"We didn't rush things and we scored off of fast breaks and cutting into the lane as well as getting it inside to Annie," he said. "Our shots weren't rushed or forced. We were in control and it was an all-around good win for us."
Makayla said the girls came out with great intensity on both offense and defense and kept the intensity up into the second half despite leading by 20.
"We just wanted to show we could dominate and come back from a loss," she said. "We are always really intense on defense and that made them cause their own turnovers. On offense, we waited for the open shot and took it instead of forcing it."
The Bulldogs play at 2 p.m. today at Battle Mountain High School.
Makayla said the girls have to go into the game ready to play to avoid a let down against the 2-9 Huskies.
"We are pretty hyped up after (Friday's) game and we just have to work hard (today)," she said. "We definitely need to start strong so we don't have to worry about a second-half comeback."
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