Countering cowboys: Moffat County basketball opens league play in Gunnison
With eight more games coming against opponents within the 3A Western Slope League, Moffat County High School hoops teams had mixed results Friday as they began conference play.
Bulldog basketball split while on the road against the Gunnison Cowboys as girls took a win and boys a loss.
Lady Dogs moved to 7-3 with their victory, keeping it moderately close in the opening half of their first game back from winter break, leading 28-22 at halftime complete with a strong outside shooting performance by Halle Hamilton, who put up four total three-pointers and led scoring for the night with 20 points.
Moffat County girls kept at it on both sides of the ball until they finished 53-39.
Tiffany Hildebrandt put up 11 points, while fellow seniors Madie Weber and Kinlie Brennise added eight, with two triples for Brennise.
MoCo boys looked to continue the momentum, and the Bulldogs were nipping at the heels of the Cowboys through the first three quarters, trailing 38-34 heading into the final period.
Multiple fouls caused woes for the Dogs as Gunnison gained a greater advantage, the win ultimately going to the 7-2 Cowboys at 53-45.
With two buckets from outside, Wesley Counts led scoring with 12 points, while Landen Najera and Colby Beaver each put up 10.
The loss puts MCHS boys at 2-7.
As part of their road trip Bulldog teams will play Saturday in Olathe. Both the Pirate squads fell Friday against Grand Valley, with Olathe girls downed 38-29 and boys 53-51.
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