Moffat County basketball doubles up on Basalt |

Moffat County basketball doubles up on Basalt

Nate Waggenspack
Tori Snyder gets out on the break after making a steal during the Moffat County-Basalt basketball game Friday in Craig. The Bulldogs won, 72-28.
Nate Waggenspack

By the numbers...

From Friday vs. Basalt:

JV Girls won 82-11

JV Boys won 60-23

Girls Varsity scorers:

Lisa Camilletti 16 points

Kyleen Ellgen 15

Kori Finneman 8

Makayla Camilletti 7

Aliie Ehlers 6

Tori Snyder 6

Jazmine Swindler 4

Sassy Murray 4

Bailey Hellander 3

Brittany Walker 2

Katelyn Peroulis 1

Boys Varsity scorers:

Tyler Davis 17 points

Tyler Hildebrandt 16

Taft Cleverly 10

Wyatt Oberwitte 8

Kort Hatthorn 6

Matt Hamilton 5

Joe Camilletti 4

Phillip Chadwick 4

Javen Gumber 3

Kody Fief 2

It was another good night for basketball in Craig.

The Moffat County High School boys and girls basketball teams both took big first half leads and coasted to victories over Basalt High School Friday in the MCHS gym. The home court has been good to the Bulldogs, which have gone a combined 8-0 in home games this season.

The girls team led off the night in similar fashion to its game against Aspen a week ago. The Bulldogs came out in a full-court press and took a 10-0 lead by forcing turnovers and getting easy baskets.

“We like doing the pressing, being quick and getting out there and getting on (our opponents,” senior Kyleen Ellgen said of the Bulldogs’ performance.

Even after the press came off, easy baskets inside kept coming on the way to a 72-28 win.

Head coach Matt Ray said he was impressed with the team’s ball movement.

“We were patient enough to get layups today,” Ray said. “I’m very pleased with us going for layups. I think we hurt teams going inside. Going into our post, so far in league, we haven’t seen anybody who bothers us there.”

Moffat County (6-3, 5-1 Western Slope League) came into the game expecting a win against the winless Longhorns, but also wanted to play a solid game. Ray said he felt his team delivered, including the younger players who took over for the fourth quarter.

“They all got plenty of time and played good, quality time,” he said. “They didn’t let us down, they came in played well and scored some points for us, which is good.”

The Bulldogs play Cedaredge today at 2 p.m. in the MCHS gym.

Boys run over Basalt in second

It’s getting to be a trademark for the MCHS boys basketball team.

In a relatively close game, the Bulldogs will ratchet up their defensive pressure and quicken the pace of the game. As a result, they wear their opponents down and go on a run that is the difference in the game.

That style once again paid off Friday night in Craig, when the Bulldogs outscored Basalt 22-4 in the second quarter to open up a 41-14 halftime lead. They would go on to win, 75-50, and improve to 8-1 this season.

Sophomore forward Phillip Chadwick, starting his first game of the season, said the turnovers and fast pace are where the Moffat County is at its best.

“We really got after them and stole the ball a lot,” Chadwick said of the second quarter. “If we didn’t have the turnovers and the fast pace, it just wouldn’t be Moffat County basketball.”

With a big lead, the Bulldogs relaxed more on defense and gave up more points to the Longhorns. Coach Eric Hamilton didn’t like to see that, but he knows it can be difficult to play with a big lead.

“I think they played pretty solid overall,” Hamilton said. “I thought our defense was weak in the second half, they outscored us in the second half and that shouldn’t happen. It’s hard to maintain intensity with a big lead.”

After Hamilton wanted his team to work on getting the ball inside more on offense, they did just that. Senior Tyler Hildebrandt had his best scoring game of the season with 16 points, finishing repeatedly in the paint.

“He was just overpowering those guys,” Hamilton said. “He had a heck of a game. He works so hard all game, and it showed tonight.”

Moffat County plays Cedaredge today at 3:30 p.m. in Craig.

Nate Waggenspack can be reached at 875-1795 or Follow Craig Daily Press sports coverage on Twitter at @CDP_Sports.

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