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Moffat County boys and girls look to keep momentum going

Nate Waggenspack

Kylee Ellgen (22) takes the opening tip for Moffat County during the girls game vs. Grand Valley Thursday night. The Bulldogs won to improve to 2-2 on the year and 1-0 in the league. They play at 2:30 p.m. today at Roaring Fork High School, with the boys varsity team to follow.

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Moffat County at Roaring Fork basketball

• JV boys and girls 1 p.m.

• Varsity girls 2:30 p.m.

• Varsity boys 4 p.m.

The Moffat County basketball teams started their league seasons in style, going 4-0 in junior varsity and varsity games against Grand Valley Thursday at the MCHS gym.

With 20 and 40-point wins by the two varsity programs, the trick now will be to get and keep a winning streak going. The Bulldogs head to Roaring Fork today to try and do just that.

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Girls need to keep it rolling on D

The Roaring Fork girls team was 0-2 entering a Friday night game at Coal Ridge High School, but the team's loss to Eagle Valley Dec. 1 was due to a forfeit in a game the Rams actually won, 43-42.

Moffat County beat Steamboat Springs and Eagle Valley twice each last season playing in Class-4A, but Matt Ray knows not to take the Rams lightly.

"They have two sisters who are about 6-1," Ray said. "All I know is their two best players are their guards at that height. They like to shoot a lot of threes."

Ray was referring to Rams seniors Megan and Hattie Gianinetti, averaging a combined 15 points and 15.5 rebounds this season.

More tough defense is the key for Moffat County, Ray said.

"They're a little taller than us, but if we take care of the ball and play some good solid defense we'll be fine," he said.

Moffat County will likely receive a boost from more players getting game experience. Senior guards Tori Snyder and Makayla Camilletti were limited in their minutes against Grand Valley due to returning from injuries.

With more game-time under their belts, the Bulldogs will hope for even more contribution from their seniors.

"Tori was under restriction the first game back, but she won't be Saturday," Ray said. "And Makayla just the stronger she gets the better her play will come. We're hoping to get more quality minutes out of them."

Boys will try to deal with size

The 0-2 Roaring Fork boys team entering Friday night's game at Coal Ridge had struggled offensively in it's first two games, averaging 34 points against Steamboat Springs and Eagle Valley.

Head coach Eric Hamilton sees that changing soon, as the Rams will be able to play their full team from here on out.

Roaring Fork was without senior starter Trae Moxley in its first two matchups. Missing Moxley left a big hole in the lineup for the Rams during those games—Moxley is 6-5, 260 lbs.

"We know they are a big and physical team," Hamilton said. "They have a huge post player, a big kid who was a great football player for them and is supposed to be an excellent basketball player."

With Moxley presumably back for the Moffat County game, it will present a unique task for the Bulldogs, who don't boast anyone on their roster with Moxley's mix of height and brawn.

"We don't have anybody 6-5, 250, so everybody's going to have to step it up and crash the boards," Hamilton said. "We can't just rely on one guy, we're all going to have to work against that big man."

But Hamilton believes the Bulldogs will be able to control the game if they play to the level they showed against Grand Valley Thursday.

"We just want to keep our defense going and apply a lot of pressure," he said. "We want to pressure their guards and make sure it's not easy to get it into the big man. And then just run, play our game. If we play our game, we'll be okay."

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

If you go…

Moffat County at Roaring Fork basketball

• JV boys and girls 1 p.m.

• Varsity girls 2:30 p.m.

• Varsity boys 4 p.m.