Moffat County basketball splits a pair at Aspen
Scoring at Aspen
Kori Finneman 18 points
Tori Snyder 11
Sassy Murray 9
Lisa Camilletti 8
Bailey Hellander 5
Brittany Walker 5
Makayla Camilletti 3
Allie Ehlers 2
Shaylyn Buckley 2
Joe Camilletti 11 points
Kort Hatthorn 11
Phillip Chadwick 10
It was business as usual for the Moffat County girls basketball team.
The Bulldogs were visiting Aspen, a team they had handled easily during their previous matchup in Craig. Playing on the road did not change the outcome much, as Moffat County came away with a 63-21 win, improving to 12-1 in the Western Slope League.
Moffat County was playing without senior Kyleen Ellgen, who stayed in Craig with a nagging injury. But they still were as tough as normal, never surrendering more than six points in a quarter on the way to a comfortable victory.
It was a win that coach Matt Ray expected, but there still will be other victories for the Bulldogs to appreciate.
“We didn’t want a letdown,” Ray said. “We played the way we can and did what we needed to do. We just wanted to make sure no one gets hurt in this one.”
Kori Finneman led Moffat County with 18 points, “dominating” the inside, Ray said. Without Ellgen, their third leading scorer, the Bulldogs also got big point contributions from Tori Snyder and Sassy Murray, who combined for 20 points.
The Aspen game was the first of three this week for Moffat County, which plays Friday and Saturday. So while it was an easy win, it still was important to get a busy week started right.
“We’re going to get home late tonight,” Ray said. “Mentally, we’ll have to try and be sharp. I think this week is a mental one as much as it’s a physical one.”
Aspen snaps Moffat County’s win streak
Moffat County entered a big game at Aspen ready to play — but Aspen came prepared, as well.
The Skiers played top-notch defense and executed their game plan better than Moffat County could Tuesday night, winning 62-49.
The teams entered the game separated by one game in the Western Slope League standings, and the Skiers brought themselves into contention for repeating as league champs by picking up the win. They now are tied for second, both a game behind Roaring Fork at 11-2.
Aspen took a 27-18 lead in the first half, mostly shutting down Moffat County’s offense. Coach Eric Hamilton said what good looks the Bulldogs got, they didn’t knock down.
“We could not hit a shot, did get some open looks,” Hamilton said. “It was not a good team defensive effort, and I did not make good adjustments coaching.”
In their first meeting of the season, a 45-35 win in Craig, Moffat County’s pressure kept Aspen’s guards out of rhythm all game. But this time, the Skiers were more prepared and resisted every Moffat County run.
Hamilton said the Bulldogs could not string together a run in the second half, when the offense was a bit stronger. Aspen always seemed to have the answer.
Moffat County still is in play for a league title, but likely cannot clinch any better than a tie atop the WSL. The Bulldogs play at Cedaredge and at home against Roaring Fork this weekend.
Hamilton has no doubt that the team will be ready.
“The guys did battle to the final buzzer and never gave up,” he said. “We will get better after this loss. This group of guys wants to win every game, and they’ll be ready to work” Wednesday.
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