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Moffat County basketball’s league rankings dented by losses to Delta

Staff Report

From left, Moffat County High School girls basketball players Emaleigh Papierski, Brooke Gumber, Jana Camilletti and Kinlie Brennise fan out their defense during a home game against Olathe. Both MCHS girls and boys fell Friday to Delta.

A Friday night Western Slope League battle between cats and dogs heavily favored the feline side, much to the chagrin of Moffat County High School hoops teams.

The Delta Panthers recorded blowout wins against the visiting Bulldog basketball squads, with Lady Bulldogs falling 54-25 in a match the girls in green undeniably controlled.

An 18-7 first quarter lag for Moffat County girls only got worse with a two-point second period to trail 31-9 at halftime, slowing Delta down a tad with a tally of 41-18 in the third but not nearly enough to make a dent in the deficit.

Things looked more promising for Bulldog boys with a 19-11 first-quarter lead, though the Panthers added 20 points compared to Moffat County’s six to make it 31-25 at the break.

From there, the Dogs had trouble keeping hold of the ball and still more issues scoring when they had possession.

The result — an 80-43 final.

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MCHS girls tumble to third place in the 3A WSL at 6-2, while Delta will likely finish as runner-up to Cedaredge given the Bruins’ 34-30 win in conference play and dual overtime wins over the Panthers outside the league schedule.

At 17-1 overall, 7-1 WSL, Cedaredge is guaranteed the WSL championship crown with a defeat of 13-5 Moffat County Saturday in Craig. Either way, MCHS girls will retain a home-court advantage for the start of the district tournament in the coming week.

At 9-9 for the season and 2-6 in league play, MCHS boys seek to rise in the conference rankings and will jump from ninth to middle of the pack with a win against the Bruin boys, 7-11 total and 1-7 WSL.

Bulldogs’ junior varsity girls start the day Saturday at noon, followed by boys JV at 1:30 p.m., girls varsity at 3 p.m. and boys varsity at 4:30 p.m. at MCHS, 900 Finley Lane.