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Sailors girls slip by Bulldogs, 45-34

Moffat County girls basketball team falls, 45-34

Moffat County High School girls basketball players Annie Sadvar, left, and sophomore Melissa Camilletti, middle, go up for a rebound during Tuesday’s game against Steamboat Springs in Steamboat. The Sailors won, 45-34.

Girls basketball results

Box score from Moffat County High School girls varsity basketball game versus Steamboat Springs:

Team / 1st / 2nd / 3rd / 4th / Final

Moffat County / 7 / 9 / 5 / 13 / 34

Steamboat Springs / 8 / 13 / 4 / 20 / 45

After falling Tuesday, 45-34, to Steamboat Springs High School, the Moffat County High School girls varsity basketball team won't have much time to recover.

"It doesn't get any easier this week," MCHS coach Craig Mortensen said. "We have Rifle, who put it to Steamboat, this week."

Moffat Coun­­ty traveled Tuesday to Steam­boat Springs to face the Sailors (11-4 overall, 6-1 in the Western Slope League) in a matchup of the league's second- and third-place teams.

The Sailors were able to jump out in front of the Bulldogs (6-8 overall, 4-2 in WSL play) with a score of 8-7 after the first quarter.

Steamboat stretched that lead to 21-16 at halftime.

Moffat County was able to cut the Sailors lead to 25-21 entering the fourth quarter, but Steamboat exploded for 20 points to take the first of two matchups.

"We played well enough to win the game, except for three or four minutes and two or three possessions in the second half," Mortensen said. "We didn't defend as well as we needed to."

Moffat County was led by a pair of sophomores, as Melissa Camilletti had 9 points and three steals, and Annie Sadvar had 10 points and 11 rebounds.

Junior Lauren Roberts had 6 points and seven rebounds for the Bulldogs.

"We actually executed fairly well, but we missed a lot of easy buckets," Mortensen said. "We missed shots you hope go in more often than they did tonight."

Steamboat's Tara Spitellie put on a clinic past the 3-point line, scoring 12 of her team-leading 14 point from beyond the arch.

"We were surprised by the shooting of Spitellie," Mortensen said. "But you have to give her credit."

Hannah Moore added 11 points for the Sailors, and Colleen King had 9 points, nine rebounds and three blocked shots.

Now, Moffat County will turn its attention to a Friday game against Battle Mountain and a Saturday contest with league-leading Rifle.

"We'll learn from the good, and we'll learn from negative," Mortensen said. "I don't think there is a whole lot of difference between the No. 1 team and the No. 6 team. We've learned that anybody can get us, as we learned in Palisade, and we can get anybody else."

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