Moffat County basketball burns Coal Ridge with 75-57, 47-30 wins |

Moffat County basketball burns Coal Ridge with 75-57, 47-30 wins

Boys, girls teams to play 1st home match Friday

Moffat County High School's Kayla Pinnt goes in for the layup Saturday during the Lady Bulldogs' game in Olathe. The MCHS girls and boys teams played in New Castle Tuesday night, against Coal Ridge, with the girls defeating the Titans, 47-30, while the boys won, 75-57.

After experiencing hours of bus rides along lonely roads since the season began in early December, the Moffat County High School basketball teams will at last be able to lace up their shoes, slip on their jerseys and step out onto the court in front of their home crowd.

Tuesday night games translated to wins for MCHS boys and girls varsity alike, with the boys taking down Coal Ridge, 75-57, following the girls' defeat of the Titans at 47-30.

The Lady Bulldogs (4-4 overall, 2-1 3A Western Slope League) didn't have their best shooting display in New Castle, said coach Sam McLeod, but what they lacked in buckets, they more than made up for with a lockdown defense in the first half that had them sitting pretty.

Between Kayla Pinnt's work along the perimeter with five crucial steals and Mattie Jo Duzik's relentless pursuit of Coal Ridge players within the interior, Moffat County held their foes to only nine points after two quarters.

"Mattie Jo was definitely a key factor for us, she completely neutralized what I thought was their best player," McLeod said. "That was the best defensive performance I've seen this year."

McLeod added that Coal Ridge's defense helped keep the score smallish on both sides.

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"They're a tough team, and they're going to be able to compete this year," he said.

Leah Camilletti and Morgan Lawton each finished with 13 points, while Duzik had seven and Josey King six.

Though the scoreboard was in favor of the boys for much of their game, it couldn't have started any differently. A pair of threes from the Titans shocked the Bulldogs enough that it looked like an uphill climb, but their own baskets came shortly after and in abundance as the MCHS guys showed Coal Ridge a complete game of basketball with efficient offense coupled with persistent D.

"It was a really good game all around, and Coal Ridge was really scrappy, they never gave up," coach Eric Hamilton said, complimenting the entire bench from the starters to the subs.

Joe Camilletti netted 24 points, Matt Hamilton 16, Denton Taylor 10 and Tyler Davis nine. The boys are now 5-3 overall, 3-0 WSL.

With their latest road trip in the books, the teams and coaches are now looking forward to playing in front of their crowd when they host Basalt Friday night at MCHS.

"It feels like we've been on the road forever," Eric Hamilton laughed.

The home opener is expected to be an exciting one as hoops fans turn out to cheer for the blue and white.

"It's going to be a good way to get everyone together, get some people out there who aren't normally there and get some community pride, I think that's important," McLeod said.

Contact Andy Bockelman at 970-875-1793 or or follow him on Twitter @CDP_Sports.

If you go

Moffat County High School basketball

3 to 9 p.m. Friday

MCHS, 900 Finley Lane

— The first home games of the season for boys and girls varsity and JV basketball will be against Basalt and will include features such as the Chuck-a-Duck Fundraiser. Games begin with girls JV and ends with boys varsity. For more information, call 970-824-7036.