Moffat County girls hoops top Grand Valley in Saturday game |

Moffat County girls hoops top Grand Valley in Saturday game

Team will host Coal Ridge Tuesday as playoffs start

Moffat County High School senior Brittany Walker gets a fast break during the Bulldogs' Saturday home game against Grand Valley. The girls won, 51-43, ensuring a home court advantage in the Tuesday playoffs game against Coal Ridge.

A Friday loss to Coal Ridge was a blow against the Moffat County High School girls varsity basketball team, but the results of the following day made that easier to take.

The Bulldogs won their final regular season game, 51-43, hosting the Grand Valley Cardinals on Saturday. Grand Valley's 18-point victory earlier in the season was a distant memory as the Moffat County girls took an early lead and held it the entire game.

Grand Valley started to gain some ground in the second half, capitalizing on some errant passes, but MCHS was too far ahead.

Head coach Matt Ray said some decisions were clearly rushed as the team, worn out from a long week, struggled slightly in the troublesome third quarter that has plagued them frequently.

"We just need to take care of the ball the whole game," he said. "This is our sixth game in 12 days, so you can tell they were tired. We played really well and we attacked it, and now it's time for districts."

The win was an important one for the Bulldogs, 11-5 in the 3A Western Slope League, giving them a home-court advantage for Tuesday's first playoff game, which will pit the No. 4 seeded team against Coal Ridge once again.

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Senior Brittany Walker has entered the playoffs all four years of high school and hopes to stay strong entering the next round.

"We need to work together as a team and we'll be able to go far," she said.

Walker and fellow seniors Allie Ehlers, Cheianne Pinnt and Jazmine Swindler, as well as boys basketball team member Taft Cleverly, were honored in a ceremony between the girls and boys matches by the younger players.

This is the first year on the team for Pinnt, who said she was honored to share the court with the rest of the Bulldogs.

"It feels good being able to go this far, and I hope we can go farther," Pinnt said.

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Moffat County High School girls varsity basketball

Top scorers

Katelyn Peroulis — 12

Leah Camilletti — 8

Allie Ehlers — 8

The girls varsity team finished their season 11-5 in the Western Slope League with a Saturday 51-43 win at home against Grand Valley.

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