Moffat County basketball players post high numbers against Roaring Fork
Girls take 63-23 win, boys 65-44 loss after strong first half
CarbondaleCarbondale — Fresh off a resounding 66-point thumping of Coal Ridge Friday night, the Moffat County girls basketball team rolled into Carbondale on Saturday afternoon and kept their league-leading momentum going with a 63-23 Western Slope League victory over the Roaring Fork Rams. — Fresh off a resounding 66-point thumping of Coal Ridge Friday night, the Moffat County girls basketball team rolled into Carbondale on Saturday afternoon and kept their league-leading momentum going with a 63-23 Western Slope League victory over the Roaring Fork Rams.
Carbondale — Fresh off a resounding 66-point thumping of Coal Ridge Friday night, the Moffat County girls basketball team rolled into Carbondale on Saturday afternoon and kept their league-leading momentum going with a 63-23 Western Slope League victory over the Roaring Fork Rams.
Run, run, run, Defend and rebound. Moffat County executed these facets of the game to perfection as they jumped out to a 19-2 first quarter lead that would ultimately swell to 38-11 by the game’s halfway point.
“They (Moffat) have some very athletic and talented girls who can spot up and shoot,” Roaring Fork coach Chris Hall stated. “We didn’t have an answer for them tonight.”
With Bulldog guards Kayla Pinnt and Leah Camilletti causing havoc with Ram ball handlers, and outside shooter Josey King hitting three three-pointers, Moffat County jumped out of the starting blocks ahead 17-0 before Roaring Fork post player Cindy Salinas could answer with a basket down low to enter her team on the scoring sheet.
The second quarter saw Moffat County reserve post Katia Voloshin come off the bench and control the rebounding department while also dropping in four baskets and a free throw for the visitors from Craig. Lily Ramos, Lyndsay Hansen, and Ashley Hall would all get baskets for the Rams, who were staring at a large deficit to overcome with 16 minutes to play.
The Bulldogs backed off the full court pressure in the second half, but Pinnt, the diminutive Moffat County point guard, wasn’t about to slow the pace, as she continually picked Ram pockets that led to transition layups for her team. With King hitting another three-pointer, and post Morgan Lawton hitting four baskets, the contest was no longer in doubt as the lead was at 59-15, and Bulldog reserves slowly started to trickle onto the court.
Moffat County’s balanced scoring saw King lead the way with 16 points, she was followed by Lawton with 13 points, Voloshin at 12 and Pinnt with 11. Roaring Fork was led in scoring by junior guard Ashley Hall who tallied seven points and played a steady all-around floor game. Inside hustler Cindy Salinas chipped in five points and 10 rebounds. Fellow post Lyndsay Hansen also contributed five points.
The loss dropped the Rams to 5-12 overall, and 4-8 in WSL play. Moffat County improves to 14-3, 11-1.
Coming off a thrilling one-point win at Olathe the previous night, the Roaring Fork boys used a scoring flurry midway through the first quarter to take a 19-11 early advantage, and looked like a team that no one would want to face in the upcoming 3A district tournament as they dismantled a talented Moffat County team 65-44 Saturday afternoon.
Conrado Dolores, Sergio Vega, Aldo Pinela, Edgar Reyna, and Jassiel Petaton all contributed baskets to the initial Ram cause as they offset the scoring of Bulldog guard Dylan Kincade who hit two outside baskets and scored on a cutting drive to the basket to keep Moffat County close.
Gustavo Oliva opened the second quarter with a three-pointer for the Rams, following some quick perimeter passing, and Justin Thompson hit a rim-rattling three-pointer for the home team, but Moffat County got its inside game going as post player Keenan Hildebrandt began to use his bulk to assert himself in the paint, scoring 12 first-half points as the Bulldogs narrowed the Roaring Fork lead to 31-30 at intermission.
The third quarter, and entire second half for that matter, belonged to Jassiel Petatan and the Rams. The crafty ball-handling Petatan scored nine points in the third quarter, including two three-pointers, as Roaring Fork began a charge that the Bulldogs could never quite match. When Pinela also netted a three-pointer, the Rams found themselves heading into the fourth quarter with a 47-39 lead.
The continued rugged inside play of Hildebrandt was a cause for concern, but with baskets by Oliva and Reyna boosting the Rams, as well as a crucial three-pointer by Lorenzo Andrade, Roaring Fork was up 54-43 with 5:14 to play, giving Ram coach Larry Williams the luxury of breathing a bit easier.
“I’m really proud of all the kids tonight,” said Williams, the veteran Rams mentor. “That was the best game we’ve played this year. It’s a good time to start playing well.”
The Rams (7-10, 6-6 WSL) got solid contributions from Petatan with 20 points, Pinela had 12 points, Reyna chipped in with seven, Oliva and Vega each contributed six points. Hildebrandt had 20 points and Kincade 17 for Moffat County (6-11, 5-7).
Roaring Fork travels to take on first place Coal Ridge next Tuesday, while Moffat County teams host Grand Valley Friday in their last home event of the regular season.
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