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Moffat County girls hoops team ends season 20-7

Coach looking forward to return to state next year

Moffat County High School junior Hannah Walker starts things off for the girls varsity basketball team during introductions for the Western Slope League district tournament in February in Grand Junction. The Lady Bulldogs lost, 49-40, to Eaton in the final consolation round of the 3A state playoffs Saturday, their season record 20-7.

Only six basketball teams in the 3A division were able to round out their season with 27 games, and among them were the Moffat County High School girls, who placed sixth in the state playoffs with their final game a 49-40 loss to the Eaton Reds Saturday morning.

The closest matchup of the year for the Lady Bulldogs was tied up over and over, 10-all after one, 18-all at halftime and 27-all as the third quarter ended.

Coach Sam McLeod said neither team led by more than three points at a time.

Until the final eight minutes, that was.

"We got in a little bit of foul trouble there," McLeod said.

The Moffat County defense started to get overeager, which Eaton used to their advantage to pull ahead and claim the No. 5 honors in the tournament.

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Morgan Lawton led MCHS scoring with 14 points in the last round of a 1-2 weekend at state that started with a 61-32 loss Thursday to Lutheran — a group that went on to take third overall in 3A — and a Friday win against Centauri, their 63-47 score a bright spot in the series.

For the Centauri game, junior Hannah Walker said the nerves had worn off after the high stakes game with Lutheran.

"We wanted to prove ourselves after that, and it was just easier," she said.

Rounding out the scores for Saturday were Leah Camilletti and Katelyn Peroulis with six apiece, Kayla Pinnt and Josey King both taking five and Katia Voloshin ending with four.

McLeod said he and the team felt both conflicting emotions at how the 20-7 year concluded — both pride and a sense of dissatisfaction, and he hopes those will play into helping them improve as the many girls who will be returning in the 2015-16 season get ready to do better.

"We've all talked about taking that next jump up to not being at state but playing to win it," he said Saturday. "I'm excited at the prospect of most of our roster coming back and them getting a taste of what it's like going to win the whole thing, and now we're moving into next year. We're disappointed about today, but overall we're happy we got to play on the last day of the season. That's a pretty big accomplishment for us."

Contact Andy Bockelman at 970-875-1793 or abockelman@CraigDailyPress.com or follow him on Twitter @CDP_Sports.

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