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MCHS girls undone by poor 2nd quarter in Glenwood

Joshua Gordon
Kylee Ellgen, a Moffat County High School junior, reaches for a rebound Saturday against Glenwood Springs High School in Glenwood. The MCHS girls varsity basketball team was outscored 21-5 in the second quarter and couldn’t overcome the deficit in a 60-47 Western Slope League defeat.
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Results ...

Box score from the MCHS girls varsity basketball team’s game Saturday at Glenwood Springs High School:

(1st — 2nd — 3rd — 4th — final)

• Moffat County: 13 — 5 — 22 — 7 — 47

• Glenwood Springs: 16 — 21 — 8 — 15 — 60





Kylee Ellgen, a Moffat County High School junior, reaches for a rebound Saturday against Glenwood Springs High School in Glenwood. The MCHS girls varsity basketball team was outscored 21-5 in the second quarter and couldn’t overcome the deficit in a 60-47 Western Slope League defeat.

Results …

Box score from the MCHS girls varsity basketball team’s game Saturday at Glenwood Springs High School:

(1st — 2nd — 3rd — 4th — final)

• Moffat County: 13 — 5 — 22 — 7 — 47



• Glenwood Springs: 16 — 21 — 8 — 15 — 60

One poor quarter is all it took to put the Moffat County High School girls varsity basketball team in a deep hole Saturday in Glenwood Springs.



Trailing 16-13 after the first quarter, the Bulldogs were outscored 21-5 in the second.

The Demons never relinquished the lead in a 60-47 Western Slope League victory over MCHS.

“In the second quarter, we missed some wide open shots and we just weren’t in the groove,” head coach Matt Ray said. “We didn’t cut off (Glenwood) when they got things going, and for whatever reason our intensity just wasn’t there in the first half.”

The Bulldogs (7-4 overall, 0-1 Western Slope League) were the latest victim of the Demons, who have started 11-0 overall and 2-0 in the league.

At halftime, Ray said he told his players what they needed to hear.

“ I basically told them we needed to pick it up and play with intensity and enthusiasm,” he said. “This was a big game for us because we didn’t want to be behind in the league standings. We had to go out into the second half and play like the game meant something.”

The pep talk worked, as the Bulldogs went on a 22-8 run in the third quarter to bring the game within five at 45-40 heading into the final quarter.

“We scored 22 points in the third quarter because we were hitting shots and taking it to the hole harder,” Ray said. “We pulled within five points, but we couldn’t respond all the way in the fourth and couldn’t quite get what we needed down the stretch.”

MCHS senior Annie Sadvar put up 10 points to lead the Bulldogs and fellow senior Melissa Camilletti and junior Makayla Camilletti scored eight points each.

Juniors Lisa Camilletti and Kylee Ellgen had seven points apiece.

Ray said the girls shot 32 percent from the field, down from the team’s 40-plus percentage on the season.

The poor shooting night, Ray said, was a testament to how important offensive cohesion is to the team’s success.

“We didn’t play too bad, but with the momentum we get from good shooting, good things happen,” he said. “The shots we took weren’t bad, they just weren’t falling when we needed them to.”

Ray said the loss was an eye-opener for what the team needs to work on in the coming weeks — improving on the defensive end.

A majority of practice time early in the season has been spent on offense, Ray said, but against Glenwood, the girls played flat-footed defense.

“Our reactions in the first half were slow and we gave (Glenwood) too much space,” he said. “We weren’t in their faces and it was like we were just going through the motions on defense and not being as aggressive as we normally are.”

The Bulldogs play at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at Grand Junction High School.

MCHS beat Grand Junction, 47-46, earlier in the season.

Ray said his players would rebound and be ready for Glenwood on Feb. 14 when the Demons make the trip to Craig.

“It can be hard coming out of the break, but we are getting back into the groove of things, “ he said. “Hopefully Glenwood drops one before they come in here and then we have a chance to play for the league championship.”

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