Craig Middle School girls hoops triumphant in triangular |

Craig Middle School girls hoops triumphant in triangular

With games ranging from a total shutout to a loss that served as a lesson, Craig Middle School basketball teams kept the fighting spirit in front of their fans Saturday.

A Craig triangular event between CMS, Soroco and Rifle led to seven Bulldog wins as seventh- and eighth-grade teams played their first and possibly only home games of the season.

Both A-Teams were undefeated on the day as eighth-graders won 31-7 against Soroco in the morning and 47-10 over Rifle in the afternoon.

“The defensive effort was really good this game. Rifle has a couple good players, got some threes, but we’ve just got to step out on those,” coach Todd Trapp said. “Both were good games. Soroco plays hard, had good screens. Our girls just stuck with it and played hard.”

The eighth-grade B-Team took the only loss of the day, 16-6 to the Rams, bouncing back later for 27-14 against the Cubs.

“We really got a lot better as the day went on,” Lauryn Jones said.

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In the Sandrock Elementary School gym, seventh-graders swept the day, including B-Team’s 40-0 shutout of Rifle following a much narrower 16-6 morning win over Soroco.

Shaycen King played in both A and B games. Though she last played the sport in second-grade, she said she’s quickly gotten back into the rhythm.

“We’ve all improved a lot this year,” she said.

Forrest Watson’s A-Team took victories of 35-4 and 43-6 against the Rams and Cubs, respectively.

“When your opponents are scoring less than 10 in every game, you must be doing something right on defense,” he said. “They were clogging the lanes, helping each other out, and offensively, they just passed it around as much as possible, playing as a team. Solid team effort throughout the day.”

CMS teams will next attend a Jan. 27 quad in Steamboat Springs with Meeker and Soroco.

The ongoing rivalry with the Sailors is one eighth-graders look forward to, Bree Meats said, though they expect a greater contest elsewhere.

“When we played Steamboat last year, they weren’t that good, but since we play Soroco again, they’ll be our realy competition,” she said.