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MCHS girls basketball falls 2 games back in WSL with 54-39 loss to Delta

Annie Sadvar, a Moffat County High School senior, looks to get the ball inside Friday against Delta defenders at MCHS. The MCHS girls varsity basketball team played Delta close in the first half, but struggled to score in the final two quarters in a 54-39 loss.

Results …

Box score from the Moffat County High School girls varsity basketball team’s game Friday against Delta High School:

(Team — 1st — 2nd — 3rd — 4th — final)

• Moffat County — 12 — 15 — 5 — 7 — 39

• Delta — 11 — 17 — 15 — 11 — 54

MCHS leading scorers:

(Name — points)

• Lisa Camilletti — 15

• Kori Finneman — 7

• Annie Sadvar — 6

• Melissa Camilletti — 6

The first half Friday between the Moffat County High School girls varsity basketball team and the Delta Panthers consisted of lead changes and hard-nosed defense.

In the second half, however, the Panthers kept Moffat County from penetrating the ball inside and held the Bulldogs to 12 points in the third and fourth quarter combined en route to a 54-39 win over MCHS.

"We came out and tried to force things instead of taking what was open," Bulldogs head coach Matt Ray said of the second half. "I told the girls to penetrate, and we had about half the girls do it and the other half not.

"Our passing hurt us as well, and I guess these are things we just need to work on in practice more."

MCHS junior Lisa Camilletti hit a 3-pointer in the final 30 seconds of the first quarter to give the Bulldogs a 12-11 lead heading into the second.

In the second quarter, Lisa again took over, scoring eight straight points for the Bulldogs to give her team a 26-22 lead.

However, Delta hit a jump shot with seven seconds left to take a 28-27 lead into halftime.

Ray said the first half was what he expected out of Friday's match-up.

"It was a good game in the first half and we held our own," he said. "But, I think we panicked a little in the third quarter and (Delta) didn't. We have to play four quarters and not just two and a half or three quarters."

The Bulldogs (9-6 overall, 2-2 Western Slope League) tied the game up early in the third quarter with a driving lay-up from senior Melissa Camilletti.

Delta's Skylyn Webb, however, responded with back-to-back layups to give her team a four-point advantage.

Webb came into Friday's contest leading the league with 16.3 points per game.

At times, Ray said his team handled Webb well, but other times, the Delta junior controlled the game.

"(Webb) is really athletic and took it to the hole a few times because that is the type of player she is," he said. "She is consistent and doesn't make many errors, so it is hard to defend her. Next time, we have to make adjustments to slow her down because she makes her whole team go."

Lisa led the Bulldogs with 15 points, fellow junior Kori Finneman had seven and Melissa and senior Annie Sadvar added six apiece.

Ray said the offense was patient in the first half, but looked out of sync for the final two quarters.

"We have to be able to take good shots and not force the ball inside," he said. "We were impatient at times and didn't look to reverse the ball, but just to get it inside."

With the win, Delta improved to 13-2 overall, 5-0 in league play.

Ray said knowing Delta will have to lose at least one other game and his team will have to win out for the Bulldogs to have a chance to share the league title is tough, but it is a similar situation to last season.

"(Delta) still has to play Glenwood and us again, and it is hard to beat a team a second time," Ray said. "We have to find what will work for us against them and then run it hard."

The Bulldogs get back on the court at 2 p.m. today against Palisade High School at MCHS.

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