Moffat County boys basketball earns Western Slope championship
Parachute — The stars were aligned for a 3A Western Slope League title-deciding game when Grand Valley hosted Moffat County High School in a battle of one-loss teams. However, the visiting Bulldogs put their stamp on the game with a massive second quarter run to separate themselves from the Cardinals to secure the regular season crown with an 87-66 win.
Grand Valley (15-3, 11-2 3A WSL) started brightly, using the energy from an electric crowd to jump out to a 7-0 lead. Moffat County (14-4, 12-1 3A WSL) responded quickly, knotting the game at 10 barely four minutes in. The teams traded buckets for the remainder of the quarter in a game that seemed destined to mimic the high-scoring affair from their meeting in Craig. The Bulldogs held a 21-20 lead after eight minutes.
In the second quarter, however, the complexion of the contest changed, as Moffat County took control of the game. The Bulldogs dominated the offensive glass, turned second chances into buckets, and steadily built a 44-26 halftime lead. Bulldog junior Dylan Kincade scored 14 of his 23 points in the first half and was instrumental in an 11-0 run that put the visitors on top for good.
Grand Valley did rebound from their sluggish second quarter with a 22-point third quarter, in part due to impressive shooting nights from juniors Johnny Parker and Tanner Magee. Parker posted 14 in the second half while Magee added eight as part of a mini run at the beginning of the third quarter that brought the hosts to within 68-56.
Moffat County responded again, this time thanks to their leading scorer Joe Camilletti, to keep the Cardinals at arm’s length the rest of the way. Scott Parker’s squad had no answer for Camilletti, who poured in 21 of his 25 in the second half. Ultimately, it was a balanced scoring night for the visitors, which saw five players reach double figures, including Matt Hamilton, Tyler Davis and Denton Taylor.
Lady Bulldogs maintain status in 49-39 win
The Moffat County girls used a 23-7 run to end the contest to turn around a third quarter deficit into a 49-39 road 3A Western Slope League victory over Grand Valley.
Kyra Chenoweth poured in 17 points to pace the Cardinals, but the shots wouldn’t fall down the stretch for the home-standing Cardinals (11-7, 8-5 3A WSL). The Lady Bulldogs (13-5, 11-2 3A WSL) locked up second place in the league with the win.
MCHS scoring was led by Leah Camilletti with 12 points, while Josey King took 10 and Morgan Lawton had nine and Katia Voloshin seven.
Craig Daily Press writer Andy Bockelman also contributed to this article.