MCHS girls basketball rides strong 2nd half to victory, 43-31 |

MCHS girls basketball rides strong 2nd half to victory, 43-31

The Moffat County High School girls varsity basketball team snapped their two-game losing streak Friday night with a victory over Eagle Valley High School, 43-31. The Bulldogs play Battle Mountain today at home, hoping to start a new streak and build team confidence.
Joshua Gordon

If you go

What: Moffat County Bulldogs vs. Battle Mountain Huskies

When: 4 p.m. today

Where: Moffat County High School, 900 Finley Lane

Ticket info: $4 for students, $5 for adults

Snapping a two-game losing streak, the Moffat County High School girls varsity basketball team posted another one in the win column Friday night.

With an explosive second half, the Bulldogs were able to fend off Eagle Valley, 43-31.

MCHS head coach Matt Ray said the team used a good defense combined with an effective offense who moved the ball to beat the Devils on their home court.

“We played consistent and strong and had more patient tonight,” Ray said. “We started a little slow, but finished strong.”

The Devils ran a 2-3 zone defense on the Bulldogs early on, Ray said, which allowed Eagle Valley to jump to an early 11-10 lead after the first quarter.

Ray said the girls made adjustments on offense to fight back.

“The defense (Eagle Valley) ran made us be more patient with the ball and work it around,” he said. “Even though we didn’t shoot well in the beginning, we played decent offense.”

In the Bulldogs (7-3 overall, 1-1 Western Slope) previous two losses, the team came out flat in the third quarter, allowing their opponents to grab the lead.

Friday night, Ray said MCHS came out fighting.

“To start the second half, we dominated the third quarter,” he said. “We set the tempo and used a full court press to contain (Eagle Valley).”

The Bulldogs had three consecutive steals in the third quarter followed by three lay ups to jump up on the Devils.

Ray said the team had trouble containing two Eagle Valley post players, which made the inside game tough.

The strategy – get the opposing girls in foul trouble.

“We were able to get one of Eagle Valley’s best players in foul trouble in the first quarter which kept her out until the second half,” Ray said. “It allowed us to get the ball in the paint sometimes.”

In the Bulldogs game against Grand Junction Tuesday, the team was never able to pull ahead due to turnovers.

Against Eagle Valley, Ray said the girls didn’t have as many turnovers and took care of the ball.

“If you take care of the ball, good things happen,” Ray said. “The girls were able to do that tonight.”

Senior Lauren Roberts and junior Melissa Camilletti led the Bulldogs offense with 12 points each.

With the win, Ray said the Bulldogs gained confidence, which they can use today in their game against Battle Mountain.

Ray said he feels MCHS is a better team, and if they can play their ball, they should be able to get a win over Battle Mountain.

Ray also said If they can get a victory tonight, they would be in a good position in their league.

“When we lose, we start to doubt,” he said. “If we can win two in a row, it will be a confidence builder for the team.”

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