Moffat County basketball C-Teams show spirit, conclude season with Soroco
While their upperclassmen counterparts can look forward to some more time on the court, the younger members of the Moffat County High School basketball teams finished the season Wednesday.
Both the Bulldog C-Teams hosted Soroco, with the boys narrowly defeated by the Oak Creek team, 41-39.
After leading for most of the game, including a 23-21 advantage at halftime, the group was in good form as a successful last second shot by Nick Pugh ended the third quarter, 34-31. However, the Rams’ defensive efforts cracked down more than ever in the final moments, and the two teams were jockeying to stay far enough ahead.
A blown free throw by Soroco with about 30 seconds left looked like the open door the Bulldogs needed to either take the lead or get into overtime, but Tristen Walls got swarmed on the Moffat County side of the floor, unable to get a clean shot to add to his 12 points for the day.
Pugh and Dominic Pascetti each had six points and Adain Wilmot four in what coach Nick Myers declared the best game of the season, regardless of the loss.
“It would’ve been nice to get that win, but that was the best I’ve seen them play,” he said. “We really fought hard in this game.”
The girls’ game earlier in the day was more neck-and-neck, with the teams rarely more than one point apart for the first half, going into the second, Soroco ahead, 23-22.
The trend continued in the third quarter as the Rams began to make their move, up, 38-35, and headed into the fourth, before running away with it to end the game, 51-41.
Jana Camilletti led Moffat County girls in points with 13, followed by Makenna Baker’s 11 and Jaci McDiffett’s seven.
“I think we’ve improved a lot on offense and defense,” Camilletti said of the season.
The MCHS freshmen added she’ll more than likely be sticking around the hoops team in years to come.
Joe Padon, coach for C-Team and JV, said he’s looking forward to working with the teams next season.
“All the girls had great attitudes, worked really hard, were very coachable and respectful and were a great group to work with,” he said.
Likewise, Myers said the boys who started in the lower ranks should be on their way to bigger things in the years to come, evidenced by the varsity players who came out to cheer for them.
“After this game today, they’ve got the potential,” he said. “They’ve got to take one little step to get to the next level, but they progressed a lot this season and did a good job.”
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