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Moffat County basketball wraps weekend at Steamboat Shootout

Girls go 3-0 in tourney, beat Eagle Valley Saturday; boys 0-3, barked down by Battle Mountain

Steamboat Springs — The weekend had both extremes for — The weekend had both extremes for Moffat County High SchoolMoffat County High School hoops, with a huge win and a disheartening loss. hoops, with a huge win and a disheartening loss.

— The weekend had both extremes for Moffat County High School hoops, with a huge win and a disheartening loss.

Moffat County High School basketball scoring at Steamboat Shootout

Girls

MCHS vs. Elizabeth — 75-60, Win

MCHS vs. Prairie View — 51-39, Win

MCHS vs. Eagle Valley — 69-26, Win

Player — Total points scored

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Morgan Lawton — 57

Leah Camilletti — 45

Mattie Jo Duzik — 22

Kayla Pinnt — 19

Josey King — 18

Alex Hamilton — 10

Katia Voloshin — 10

Makenna Baker — 7

Jaci McDiffett — 5

Hannah Walker — 2

Boys

MCHS vs. Eagle Valley — 58-46, Loss

MCHS vs. Steamboat Springs — 64-52, Loss

MCHS vs. Battle Mountain — 69-43, Loss

Dylan Kincade — 37

Kody Fief — 29

Ben Robinson — 24

Keenan Hildebrandt — 18

Bronc Hellander — 10

Dusty Taylor — 10

Brent Cook — 6

Scott Foster — 4

Eddie Smercina — 3

The MCHS girls swept all competition in their way at the Steamboat Springs Shootout, hosted by the Sailor teams Thursday through Saturday, with a 69-26 blowout against Eagle Valley capping off a 3-0 stretch.

Some wild passes by Moffat County in the first quarter helped the Lady Devils stay on track, but as soon as the girls in blue calmed down, they powered past with a skillful three by junior Josey King giving them the go-ahead points. MCHS had a seven-point run late in the first quarter, finishing it 21-10, with the streak of points extended to 11 by the time Eagle Valley could swish it in the following period, the halftime tally 31-15.

The Lady Devils had a simply hellish second half, with more than six minutes of the game clock elapsing in the third quarter without a point on their side of the scoreboard, as the Lady Dogs' defense shut down and hurried their shooting effort, while offense put up 12 unanswered points, 18 if you're starting in the second quarter.

The biggest burst was yet to come, as Moffat County second-stringers fresh off the bench kept pushing the numbers further in a 20-7 finale that was an example of a balanced offensive/defensive effort.

"They went in, they executed, they did well," said Joe Padon, assistant coach. "Everything looked put-together, we've just got to keep it consistent, no more off-nights."

Senior Morgan Lawton had her first 20-point game this season, followed by fellow senior Leah Camilletti and King, both with nine.

Senior Kayla Pinnt netted eight and junior Mattie Jo Duzik seven, while junior Alex Hamilton scored four and senior Katia Voloshin two.

Contributing greatly to the shooting spree in the final minutes were sophomores Makenna Baker and Jaci McDiffett, each taking five points.

Sophomore Regan Bossow led in points with eight for the 3-3 Eagle Valley girls, 1-2 in the Shootout.

"Our shooting definitely needs improvement, but I really feel like Moffat killed us on the glass," Devils coach Sam Bartlett said. "The relentless pursuit of the basketball really shows, and we've just got to get a little meaner to go up against a quality team like Moffat."

Earlier in the day, the MCHS boys were hoping to break the week's cold streak, but a 69-43 loss to Battle Mountain put them at 0-3 for the tournament.

The Bulldogs were ready to prove themselves as the alpha to their canine counterparts the 3-3 Huskies — who also were smarting from two defeats at the Shootout — and though they kept it close in the first half, headed into the locker room behind 24-19, the Edwards team was able to turn a five-point difference into 15 by the end of the third quarter, able to get to the basket more without fail, making it 44-29.

And, while seven quick points by senior Ben Robinson — one free throw and two shots from beyond the arc that were nothing but net — kept the Bulldogs hopeful to start the fourth, Battle Mountain put together a 12-point run before senior Kody Fief was able to sink another three.

Fief and Robinson both put up 13 points, junior Keenan Hildebrandt eight, senior Scott Foster four, junior Eddie Smercina three and sophomore Brent Cook two.

Besides coming off two previous losses, Moffat County boys had to cope with three key players out for the day with school and family engagements, though the roster was bolstered by Smercina and sophomore Kasen Brennise, both of whom had played Thursday and Friday at a JV and C-Team tournament in Meeker.

"Our offense is looking really good, we just have to click defensively," Brennise said of the varsity squad. "We're not having trouble scoring, we just have trouble stopping them."

The boys are now 1-4 as they and the 3-1 girls head into league play, finishing the December schedule with Thursday games against Coal Ridge.

"We've got the kids that can do the job, we're just going to put things together," coach Eric Hamilton said. "We're excited to play one more game before Christmas because we need some momentum going into the break."

Players on both MCHS teams like their chances against the Titans, boys and girls of the New Castle school each 1-2 so far.

"I think we'll slaughter Coal Ridge," Baker said with confidence.

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Moffat County High School basketball scoring at Steamboat Shootout

Girls

MCHS vs. Elizabeth — 75-60, Win

MCHS vs. Prairie View — 51-39, Win

MCHS vs. Eagle Valley — 69-26, Win

Player — Total points scored

Morgan Lawton — 57

Leah Camilletti — 45

Mattie Jo Duzik — 22

Kayla Pinnt — 19

Josey King — 18

Alex Hamilton — 10

Katia Voloshin — 10

Makenna Baker — 7

Jaci McDiffett — 5

Hannah Walker — 2

Boys

MCHS vs. Eagle Valley — 58-46, Loss

MCHS vs. Steamboat Springs — 64-52, Loss

MCHS vs. Battle Mountain — 69-43, Loss

Dylan Kincade — 37

Kody Fief — 29

Ben Robinson — 24

Keenan Hildebrandt — 18

Bronc Hellander — 10

Dusty Taylor — 10

Brent Cook — 6

Scott Foster — 4

Eddie Smercina — 3

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