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Eighth-grade girls finish undefeated

The Craig Middle School eighth-grade girls A basketball team finished the season with an unblemished record — well, almost unblemished.

“They lost to the eighth-grade boys,” coach Alicia Townsend said. “They played that game some afternoon for a little fun.”

By finishing 10-0, the girls completed their middle-school careers undefeated from seventh to eighth grade.

“This group’s strength was the ability to improve,” Townsend said. “They continuously learned and got better.”

Townsend, who coached them in both grades, said that from their seventh- to eighth-grade years the girls learned to play defense.

“Their court vision on defense really improved,” she said. “In seventh grade, they played a full-court defense, but it wasn’t nearly as intense as this year. The press defense became their forte.”

The Bulldogs’ closest games were against Steamboat Springs. To remain undefeated the CMS girls had to win in overtime against their rivals. The Bulldogs scored seven unanswered points in overtime to win, 31-24.

“Since we didn’t have a tournament this year, that game was like our tournament,” Townsend said. “The girls were excited to get that win.”

Townsend, who played high school basketball at Moffat County, said that the eighth-graders needed to improve on offense to play at the high school level.

“They need to see the court better on offense,” Townsend said. “They could also work on playing together better.”

Craig seventh-grade team works together

Seventh-grade coach Diana Booco thought her A team’s strength was its willingness to work as a team.

“They came in with experience from AAU, and they knew how to play together,” she said. “They already had the basic skills and were exceptionally talented.”

Most middle-school age groups have at least 20 to 30 girls out for the team. This year only 18 went out but the lower numbers can have benefits for the coaching staff.

“We were able to work with them more individually,” Booco said. “It is rare for us to be able to do that.”

The A team finished with a 5-3 record.

“It’s hard to say where we measured up without a tournament,” the coach said.

Booco will move up with the team to coach them as eighth-graders next year.

“They can improve on their defense next year,” Booco said. “They were a little too aggressive sometimes and committed too many fouls.”

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