Community encouraged to send off Moffat County girls basketball Wednesday |

Community encouraged to send off Moffat County girls basketball Wednesday

Moffat County High School basketball players head back onto the court after halftime against Lutheran. MCHS girls will leave Wednesday for the state tournament Thursday through Saturday.
Andy Bockelman

Moffat County High School will host a sendoff celebration Wednesday for the members of the girls varsity basketball program as they head to Denver for the final rounds of the 3A state championships.

Community members are invited to show their Bulldog spirit for the event, which takes place at 12:10 p.m. at MCHS. The team bus will be escorted eastbound by local police and firefighters.

The Lady Bulldogs are 19-5 after winning a 3A Western Slope League, district and regional championship honors in the past few weeks.

Their opponent for the first round at state, the quarterfinals otherwise known as the Great 8, is Englewood’s Kent Denver, the top-seeded school in the 3A girls postseason. Moffat County is seeded eighth.

The game takes place at 11:45 a.m. Thursday at University of Denver.

The two teams each have their strengths in different categories.

Kent, 21-3, holds the advantage in total scoring with 51.8 points per game compared to the Bulldogs’ 43.6. However, in terms of defense, MCHS girls boast an average 35 points allowed per game, whereas the Sun Devils’ rate is 40.6 per game.

Individually, Julia Doyle leads Kent as the fourth-best in 3A’s total points with an even 400 for 16.7 per outing. Jana Camilletti has 11.4 and 273 total. Doyle is also the Sun Devils’ leader in assists (5.6) and steals (4.7).

For three-pointers, Camilletti has 35 this year, more than twice the count of Kent’s outside leader, Sophia Reynolds (16), with Kinlie Brennise also in front of her at 21. Still, Kent has eight players who have hit at least one triple this season compared to four for the Lady Dogs.

As far as rebounds, Kent’s 36.7 per game bests Moffat County’s 32, though Brooke Gumber has a better rate (8.5) than the Sun Devils’ Maya Muwanga (8.0), while Muwanga has more total (192).

In total field goal accuracy, the two teams are nearly equal at about 33 percent.

The two schools also hold the distinction of being the only squads in the 3A Great 8 who have not lost to another team that’s still in the playoffs.

Kent defeated 2A’s Clear Creek earlier in the season, and Moffat County beat 2A Rangely way back in December, as well as Cedaredge, No. 6 in 3A, a team they could see again while in Denver.