Girls basketball loses season opener, 38-35 |

Girls basketball loses season opener, 38-35

Moffat County High School seniors Maddy Jourgensen, left, and Nike Cleverly work on defensive drills during a practice session. Both girls are on the MCHS varsity girls basketball team. The team lost, 38-35, in its Friday game against Evanston, Wyo., at the Shanon Johnson Tournament hosted by Uintah High School.
Andy Bockelman

For one second Friday night, it looked like the Moffat County High School girls varsity basketball team was headed into overtime as the ball sailed toward the basket at the buzzer.

But, the final shot of the Lady Bulldogs’ first game of the season barely missed its destination. Still, there’s always the promise of a new day, MCHS senior Lauren Roberts said.

In the first of the team’s three games at the Shanon Johnson Tournament hosted by Uintah High School in Vernal, Utah, the girls varsity team lost to the Devils of Evanston, Wyo., in a narrow defeat, 38-35. The game came down to the final second, as sophomore Lisa Camilletti put up a three-point shot that would have tied things up.

“It was just in and out,” coach Matt Ray said.

Ray said the team played a solid game overall, despite the loss.

“They all came to play. They played hard, they played smart,” he said.

Ray said the weak point of the game was the second quarter, where after leading 13-9, the Bulldogs allowed the Devils to score 18 points, scoring only four themselves.

“We really dug a hole for ourselves there, and we had to get out of it,” Roberts said.

Roberts was the team’s leading scorer of the night, putting up 11 points.

“It was pretty encouraging because we still played well, and it was good to see that all the practice we put in was working,” she said. “We could really see where we had improved.”

MCHS will continue in the tournament with two games today, playing the Wasatch Wasps, of Heber City, Utah, at 9 a.m. and the Union Cougars, of Roosevelt, Utah, at 4 p.m.

“Wasatch is supposed to be one of the top Utah teams, so they’ll probably be tough,” senior Britteny Ivers said. “Union is really aggressive, too, so they’ll probably push us around a lot and foul us.”

The Bulldogs are the only Colorado team in the Utah-based tournament, allowing them to face off against teams they won’t see again this season.

“It’s kind of nerve-wracking because you don’t know how they play until you play them,” Ivers said. “But, it gives it a little variety.”

Roberts said she isn’t afraid of either team on today’s schedule.

“We can handle them,” she said. “We just can’t have that one bad quarter.”

Ray said he is confident that his team will do well.

“They’ll be fine as long as they come out and play all four quarters,” he said.

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