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Moffat County girls basketball driving toward state this season

Earlier this year, the Moffat County High SchoolMoffat County High School girls varsity basketball team reached an elite level the program hasn’t seen in some time. In the months to come, they plan to get to that point and further still. girls varsity basketball team reached an elite level the program hasn't seen in some time. In the months to come, they plan to get to that point and further still.

Moffat County High School girls varsity basketball team reached an elite level the program hasn't seen in some time. In the months to come, they plan to get to that point and further still.

MCHS girls hoops have their eyes on the prize this season, with their time at the state quarterfinals giving them a glimpse at the greatest competition around Colorado.

Most of the roster is the same, including the starting five: seniors Leah Camilletti, Morgan Lawton and Kayla Pinnt and juniors Mattie Jo Duzik and Josey King.

Katia Voloshin and Hannah Walker likewise provide senior leadership in a season that coach Sam McLeod expects athletes to be stronger than ever.

"We have the benefit of, for the most part, every girl returning, so we can focus on fine-tuning instead of introducing things," he said. "They're all ready to step up and go, every single one of them."

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McLeod is in his second year with the squad, ready to maintain their status as one of the top 10 schools in the 3A division.

"We want to do what we can at every level, hopefully all the way up," he said.

Though they have yet to experience a game with any in the Western Slope LeagueWestern Slope League, McLeod isn’t allowing players to let their guard down. The whole conference could be playing with more intensity this year, he said, and even with graduation turnover, any team could be a threat, with Coal Ridge, Grand Valley and Olathe the biggest threats., McLeod isn't allowing players to let their guard down. The whole conference could be playing with more intensity this year, he said, and even with graduation turnover, any team could be a threat, with Coal Ridge, Grand Valley and Olathe the biggest threats.

Western Slope League, McLeod isn't allowing players to let their guard down. The whole conference could be playing with more intensity this year, he said, and even with graduation turnover, any team could be a threat, with Coal Ridge, Grand Valley and Olathe the biggest threats.

"You never know who could be moving in," he said. "You get one incredible player on a team, and they change everything."

Olathe shut down the Lady Bulldogs twice during the regular season to take the honor of league champion. However, Moffat County girls had the last laugh, upsetting the Pirates at the district tournament, from there winning two regional round games to get to the big event.

The Elite 8 or better was the goal for Lawton last time, and moving on to the Final 4 is the standard now. More than anything, as a senior, she hopes to be able to pass the torch to her younger teammates so they are able to repeat any successes this season once they are upperclassmen.

"I really want the team to get close, start a good atmosphere and play with intensity," she said.

Junior Alex Hamilton said practices have shown the kind of abilities the varsity lineup has, their chemistry as a group at its utmost.

"It's like we can read each other's minds sometimes," she said.

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