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Moffat County basketball completes regular season with wins in Aspen

Girls claim WSL title with 84-10 victory; boys win 49-43, prepare for Basalt

Moffat County High School's Ben Robinson (1) and Eddie Smercina (20) double team Aspen's Jack Rosenthal during the Bulldogs' Jan. 29 home game against the Skiers. MCHS boys varsity basketball won again Saturday against the Skiers, 49-43, to finish the regular season. The sixth-place team will travel Tuesday to Basalt for the first round of the district tournament.

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The girls varsity squad took its first 3A Western Slope League championshipWestern Slope League championship since 2013 with an 85-10 Saturday blowout in Aspen. since 2013 with an 85-10 Saturday blowout in Aspen.

Western Slope League championship since 2013 with an 85-10 Saturday blowout in Aspen.

The win is the biggest point difference the Lady Bulldogs have had since a 98-15 game against Basalt in February 2014.

Moffat County set the tone with a 26-0 first quarter and were ahead, 52-7, at halftime, with five players scoring in double digits, led by Josey King with 15 points, as well as Kayla Pinnt, Leah Camilletti and Mattie Jo Duzik, including Jana Camilletti with four three-pointers.

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To add to the Skiers' woes, as the last place team in the WSL, they'll be pitted against MCHS again as the district stage of playoffs begins, traveling to Craig to play at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

The winners of Tuesday's four games will progress to Friday and Saturday matches at Central High School in Grand Junction.

With an overall record of 16-3 and 13-1 in the conference, Bulldogs are the team to beat at districts, but coach Sam McLeod doesn't have his sights set on raising the banner just yet.

"District tournament is always tricky, especially if you've already beat the other team a couple times," he said. "It's hard to beat a good team three times."

Should the Lady Dogs defeat Aspen again, McLeod expects to see Gunnison or Coal Ridge in round two, likely meeting Grand Valley or Olathe in the final round.

Moffat County boys ended their season with a win, as well, going 49-43 against Aspen to solidify sixth place in the league.

The No. 7 Skiers looked to break free of their four-game cold streak and came to play, leading, 25-20, between halfs. The Bulldog energy was dominant from there, though, and while Aspen's AJ Detrick led scoring with 19 points, Moffat County spread around the total more, Ben Robinson taking 12, Brent Cook and Keenan Hildebrandt 11 each and Dusty Taylor seven.

Dylan Kincade did not play, nursing his ankle from Friday night's loss to Grand Valley.

The Bulldogs are 7-12 overall, 6-8 in WSL, their placing putting them against Basalt, third in the conference. While the Longhorns bested the Bulldogs, 63-41, in their first meeting, MCHS returned the favor the next time around, 50-37.

Coach Eric Hamilton is confident that with a fully recuperated roster, boys can pick up a road win and advance to the next round of districts, the winner seeing the victor of a Tuesday game between between Aspen and Grand Valley.

"We had a really good game against (Basalt) last time, so we're excited," he said. "We just got to get everybody healthy and ready to go. It's do or die time."

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If you go

Moffat County High School girls varsity basketball vs. Aspen

7 p.m. Tuesday

MCHS, 900 Finley Lane

The game is the first round of the district tournament, winners of Tuesday games advancing to weekend match-ups in Grand Junction. District ticket prices are $7 for adults and $5 for students and senior citizens.