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MCHS girls basketball to host Delta, Palisade this weekend

Ben Bulkeley

Melissa Camilletti, left, a Moffat County High School sophomore, drives to the hoop in practice. Camilletti and the MCHS girls varsity basketball team will play Delta at 6 p.m. tonight at the MCHS gymnasium, 900 Finley Lane.

— In a season of continuing improvement, the Moffat County High School girls varsity basketball team might be hitting its stride, coach Craig Mortensen said.

"We're improving and getting better every week," he said. "We'll have ups and downs, runs and droughts. We just need to make sure the runs are more productive and last longer than the droughts."

With postseason play in three weeks, the Bulldogs could benefit from a run this weekend, Mortensen said.

With Delta and Palisade visiting Friday and Saturday, respectively, at MCHS, the Bulldogs can improve their standing with a pair of league wins.

"These are two games we should win," Mortensen said. "But, if we don't play well, we can lose them both."

The Bulldogs (7-10 overall, 5-3 in the Western Slope League) will play Delta (5-8 overall, 4-4 in the WSL) at 6 p.m. tonight at the MCHS gymnasium, 900 Finley Lane.

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In the previous game between the Panthers and Bulldogs, Moffat County used a balanced attack to win.

Annie Sadvar had 18 points in the Jan. 16 victory, and Melissa Camilletti (13 points) and Lauren Roberts (11 points) helped guide Moffat County to a 53-49 win.

But the Panthers won't be going away easily, Mortensen said.

"They're respectable this year," he said. "They beat Glenwood and lost to Rifle by about the same margin we did."

After Delta, Moffat County will tip-off with Palisade (3-13 overall, 3-5 in the WSL) at 4 p.m. Saturday at MCHS.

The two teams last played Jan. 15, when Moffat County fell, 39-28.

Mortensen said the team wasn't looking for revenge, just wins.

"It doesn't matter who we play," he said. "We just need to play better."

A 7-3 league record at the end of the weekend would help Moffat County's chances of getting into the postseason, Mortensen said.

"Nothing is assured," he said. "The last three weeks are very important to getting into the postseason. We still have lots to play for."

Mortensen added that the past 10 games of the season carry added weight because the selection committee, which decides where playoff teams will be seeded, considers those games as a basis for postseason rankings.

But the Bulldogs will be focused solely on their play.

"We can't worry about anyone else," Mortensen said. "We need to worry about ourselves."

Girls basketball schedule

Girls varsity basketball (7-10 overall record, 5-3 in the Western Slope League)

Date, Opponent, Place, Score

Dec. 4, Orem, Away, 36-31W

Dec. 5, North Sanpete, Away, 35-26L

Dec. 5, Evanston, Away, 52-25L

Dec. 8, Montbello, Away, 57-43L

Dec. 9, Rangeview, Away, 48-34W

Dec. 10, Grandview, Away, 63-27L

Dec. 11, Washington, Away, 43-34L

Dec. 19, Montezuma-Cortez, Away, 54-49L

Jan. 8, Eagle Valley, Home, 35-32W

Jan. 9, Battle Mountain, Home, 55-26W

Jan. 12, Grand Junction, Away, 45-34L

Jan. 16, Palisade, Away, 39-28L

Jan. 16, Delta, Away, 53-49W

Jan. 22, Glenwood Springs, Home, 51-36W

Jan. 26, Steamboat Springs, Away, 45-34L

Jan. 29, Battle Mountain, Away, 50-27W

Jan. 30, Rifle, Away, 56-45L

Feb. 5, Delta, Home

Feb. 6, Palisade, Home

Feb. 12, Glenwood Springs, Away

Feb. 13, Rifle, Home

Feb. 16, Steamboat Springs, Home

Feb. 19, Eagle

If you go

What: Moffat County High School girls varsity basketball versus Delta High School

When: 6 p.m. tonight

Where: MCHS gymnasium, 900 Finley Lane

For more information: Call MCHS at 824-7036

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