Moffat County basketball teams split at Day 1 of Steamboat Shoot-Out
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Moffat County High School boys and girls varsity basketball teams both had the same record and the same number of points Thursday at the end of the opener of the Steamboat Springs Shoot-Out, but that meant different things for both Bulldog groups.
At 3-0 going into the tournament, MCHS boys were seeking a fourth win but faced stiff competition to start the series, as the Roosevelt Roughriders ran roughshod over the blue bunch 78-43.
A 20-10 first quarter only got tougher for Moffat County as Roosevelt’s perimeter shooting helped them run up the score, while the Dogs struggled with their offense. To make matters worse, Brent Cook took a spill and a rap on the head to sit out the rest of the game with a possible concussion.
Cook was missed in the second half as the Roughriders were able to double their halftime tally of 39, and MCHS added only 17.
“They’re some good shooters, quick little kick-out threes,” Moffat County boys coach Eric Hamilton said of the Johnstown team. “We just lost momentum and didn’t have an answer for them. We played hard but didn’t make the plays.”
Moffat County boys moved to 3-1, as did their female counterparts as they began the Shoot-Out with a more positive game.
MCHS girls took a 43-33 win in a rematch against Soroco that couldn’t have been any different than when the Lady Dogs last saw the Rams at Meeker’s Cowboy Shootout.
The 51-30 loss was on their minds, and though Moffat County girls trailed 20-14 at halftime, they overtook their opponents swiftly in the third quarter, amassing 29 points in the half for the victory.
“The girls were a little shocked last time, and they came prepared this time,” coach Kenley Nebeker said. “We talked a lot about doing the small things right, and it was a lot easier this time because we did those things right.”
During day two in Steamboat, MCHS girls will move on to the semifinals of the tournament to face Eagle Valley, who scraped by with a 42-38 win over Northridge. The Lady Dogs will play the Devils at 8:15 p.m. Friday.
In the consolation brackets, Bulldog boys will face Eagle Valley for the second time in as many weeks following the team’s 116-73 defeat to Northridge, the rematch between the two beginning at 3 p.m. Friday.
After four years of hard work, members of Moffat County High School’s Class of 2019 are striving to keep going for greatness in the world, and the Bulldogs who took top honors during graduation aren’t just sitting on their laurels.