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Moffat County basketball dominates in postseason opener

Lady Bulldogs take 87-9 win over Eagle Ridge, set to play Sweet 16 vs. Platte Valley

If Friday night was an indication of Moffat County High SchoolMoffat County High School hoops’ chances in the second season, the three teams seeded above them better be on alert. hoops' chances in the second season, the three teams seeded above them better be on alert.

Moffat County High School hoops' chances in the second season, the three teams seeded above them better be on alert.

MCHS girls basketball again broke their own record for the biggest win margin of the year in an 87-9 victory against 29th seed Eagle Ridge Academy to commence the regional portion of the 3A state playoffs.

If you go

Moffat County High School girls basketball vs. Platte Valley

1 p.m. Saturday

MCHS, 900 Finley Lane

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— The Bulldogs play in the Sweet 16 round of the state playoffs. Tickets are $7 for adults, $5 for students and seniors. A Fifth Quarter indoor soccer tournament will follow the game, available to high school and middle school students for $1 per person or $5 per team.

While the No. 4 Lady Bulldogs didn't have the highest score of the night — both No. 2 Sterling and No. 7 St. Mary's hit 89 points — they were the only team to hold their opponent to single digits.

A no-nonsense defensive effort overwhelmed the Warriors early as ERA struggled to get to their side of the court, while some precision passing by MCHS did the rest, the Lady Dogs already 14 points in front — half of which belonged to Mattie Jo Duzik — before Eagle Ridge even took a shot.

A 22-point first quarter went unanswered, and the question of how long the run could go was answered when the Warriors' Arianne Shipp sank a bucket to elicit cheers from those clad in maroon and gold, despite the scoreboard reading 38-2.

Sabrina Buchta hit a free throw near the end of the half for ERA's only other points in the second quarter as the girls in white and blue were red in the face heading to the locker room, comfortably leading 53-3.

The Bulldog onslaught continued into the next half, as the Dogs' usual suspects in high scoring did what they do best, Leah Camilletti, Josey King, Morgan Lawton and Kayla Pinnt all getting underneath the rim to increase the numbers.

Coach Sam McLeod went strictly for the bench for most of the third quarter and all of the fourth, the entire Bulldog roster getting at least one basket by the end of it, keeping the Warriors scoreless in the final period by working the ball around the perimeter.

Leah Camilletti led in scoring with 17 points, including one three-pointer, while younger sister Jana hit two from outside to add to her tally of nine points in the game.

"We just tried to work on our offense a lot, moving the ball and just executing in the fourth quarter," Jana said.

Lawton had 12, Makenna Baker 11, Duzik nine, King and Kayla Pinnt six, Katia Voloshin five, Alex Hamilton four, Jaci McDiffett and Quinn Pinnt three apiece and Hannah Walker two, with Bulldogs 37 for 72 in shooting and 10 for 24 on free throws.

Jada Oberacker led the Warriors with three points with one field goal and one foul shot, Shipp and Sydnee Rumbaugh two points each, while Buchta and Kristine Kohlmeier each hit one free throw.

Eagle Ridge coach Katelyn Cole said she knew the trip to Craig would be an uphill climb in a rebuilding year for the Brighton school, their season ending at 9-13.

"They played with heart, and that's all I can ask for," she said. "We came this far."

While the Warriors' fight is finished, 20-3 Moffat County's has only begun.

Earlier in the day, the Dog House played host to another regional event as Monte Vista and Platte Valley went head to head to determine who would progress to the Sweet 16.

And, while the statistics favored the 13-seed Pirates, the Broncos of Kersey's Platte Valley broke out in the second half of a previously close match-up to finish 60-55, the No. 20 team ready for more.

The Broncos boasted the two highest-scoring players in the MCHS gym altogether Friday night, with Adrianna Rios taking 19 points for Platte Valley and Maggie Smith had 18, including a trio of first quarter threes, while Monta Vista's Danielle Chacon was on par with Leah Camilletti at 17 points and one three-pointer.

"They're an extremely scrappy team, they played pretty hard, pretty good inside/outside game," McLeod said of the Broncos. "I think they'll provide a pretty good challenge for us, but I think our girls are ready for it."

Tipoff for the Sweet 16 round is at 1 p.m. Saturday at MCHS, the winners moving on to the state quarterfinals in Denver the following week.

A Fifth Quarter indoor soccer tournament sponsored by Bear River Young Life and Grand Futures Prevention Coalition will follow the game, available to high school and middle school students for $1 per person or $5 per team.

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If you go

Moffat County High School girls basketball vs. Platte Valley

1 p.m. Saturday

MCHS, 900 Finley Lane

— The Bulldogs play in the Sweet 16 round of the state playoffs. Tickets are $7 for adults, $5 for students and seniors. A Fifth Quarter indoor soccer tournament will follow the game, available to high school and middle school students for $1 per person or $5 per team.