Moffat County basketball busts up Basalt
Boys, girls win, 64-44, 57-27; Bulldogs preparing for home matches
February 7, 2015
It was another victory for each of the Moffat County High School basketball squads Saturday in Basalt, the girls, 57-27, and the boys, 64-44.
Following their Friday defeat by top Western Slope team Olathe, the Lady Bulldogs came out with the determination that's been more their style, creating havoc from the beginning, enjoying a 39-9 lead at halftime. A slower second half still gave them the win, making their way to a record of 8-2 in the 3A Western Slope League, 10-5 overall.
The game that saw Morgan Lawton net 19 points — 17 of which were in the first half — and Leah Camilletti and Alex Hamilton take eight apiece showed some big improvements offensively for the Lady Bulldogs, said coach Sam McLeod.
"We were able to establish ourselves in the inside post position, so that helped," he said.
Later in the day, the boys team celebrated their 10th consecutive win, though the Longhorns put up more of a fight than when they last met the Bulldogs.
Coach Eric Hamilton described the first half as "flat" for his players, holding onto a close lead of 30-24 at the half. A 15-all third quarter led MCHS boys to show their best stuff in the fourth, outscoring Basalt, 19-5, their coach noting their return to “excellent” play against foes hoping to redeem themselves.
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"Basalt played tough tonight, quick and much improved," the coach said.
Joe Camilletti took 20 points, Dylan Kincade and Tyler Davis each had 14 and Matt Hamilton 8 as the group advanced to 12-3 overall, 10-0 WSL.
Both coaches are cautiously looking forward to Friday and Saturday games, the first and only time this year the teams will play at home two days in a row, bringing in Coal Ridge and Roaring Fork over the weekend.
Though Moffat County found success on the road with each in January, it won't be an automatic repeat.
"Two tough teams coming to our house," Eric Hamilton said of the upcoming opponents.