Young bulldogs return to action |

Young bulldogs return to action

Nate Waggenspack

Kaitalyn Reed, a freshman at Moffat County High School, drives to the basket Tuesday afternoon at MCHS. Reed finished the game with six points and the Bulldogs rolled to a 69-8 victory.

The future of Moffat County basketball looked bright, at least Tuesday afternoon.

The boys and girls freshman basketball teams each beat Meeker in the MCHS gym after taking nearly a month off from their last set of games.

Playing in the friendly confines of MCHS for the first time this season, both teams took advantage. The girls dominated from the tip en route to a 69-8 victory, while the boys used a strong second half to separate for a 46-35 win.

With so much time off, team's composed of young players can often come up rusty, but it wasn't a problem for the Bulldogs, which both looked sharp for teams of freshman.

The girls came out of the gate strong in Tuesday's first game. Lea Camilletti and Morgan Lawton combined for 14 points in the first quarter and the Bulldogs took a 33-4 lead into halftime. At that point, it was still important to coach Norm Yoast that they keep playing sound offense.

"I told them to keep working the offense," Yoast said of his halftime orders. "We really want them to learn and run the offense the right way. Even right at the end, I think you saw that with them cutting and everything. That's what they need to be successful at the next level. They could have probably fast-breaked on (Meeker) all game long."

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The boys team started slower, taking a one-point lead after the first quarter, but picked up its game from then on. In the second quarter Ben Robinson hit a pair of threes to help extend the lead to a more comfortable margin, which the Bulldogs expanded on in the second half.

Coach Justin Gallegos was pleased with the team's effort.

"I think the kids played hard," he said. "Of course we had a little bit of dust to be knocked off and get the wheels turning again. But in the second half we really started surging forward. Our press looked good. There were some other things we saw can work on."

Both freshman teams play separately from the junior varsity and varsity squads, and have a different philosophy in their approach to the game. While winning is still important, getting prepared for future basketball is the focal point.

Both coaches said fundamentals and basics of the game are constantly stressed to help players be ready when it is their turn at the next level of competition.

"The freshman team, our main goal is we really want to move forward their fundamentals," Gallegos said. "We want to start really molding these young men into ball-players. Without those key components they could never take that step forward."

Nate Waggenspack can be reached at 875-1795 or Follow Craig Daily Press sports coverage on Twitter at @CDP_Sports.

Girls basketball scoring vs. Meeker

Morgan Lawton 18 points

Lea Camilletti 12

Charli Earle 8

Maria Cruz 7

Makayla Johnson 6

Kaitalyn Reed 6

Katia Voloshin 6

Hannah Walker 2

Mattie Olinger 2

Emily White 2

Boys basketball scoring vs. Meeker

Ben Robinson 12 points

Hugh Turner 10

Scott Foster 9

Dylan Kinkaid 7

Dusty Taylor 4

Jesse Kurz 4

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