Moffat County boys basketball takes 71-51 win at Olathe
Bad 1st quarter holds girls to 64-59 loss
Following dual victories Friday night, the Moffat County High School varsity basketball teams had different results as the weekend continued.
MCHS boys varsity won, 71-51, while the girls lost, 64-59, as the Bulldogs took on the Olathe Pirates on Saturday afternoon.
The boys, still confident from the previous night’s wins against Gunnison, had little trouble against their shaky competitors, who remain winless to date this season. After a fairly even first quarter, the Pirates were briefly able to take the lead in the second, an affront that motivated Moffat County hoopsters to take it back and keep it, up 36-21 at halftime.
The Bulldog scoring continued in full force from there on, as the boys continued to stay a few steps ahead of their foes to gain another 20-point win, in which Joe Camilletti took 18, Tyler Davis 17 and Denton Taylor 11.
In addition to the usual starters, coach Eric Hamilton was able to send in his reserves, including Ben Robinson, Kasen Brennise and Eddie Smercina.
“Everybody got to play a little bit, and it was good for those guys to see some varsity time,” he said.
While Hamilton was happy with the win, he said there were a lot of tweaks that needed to be made, such as shooting consistency and smart defense.
“We played physical, but we need to move our feet more and not reach so much and get dumb fouls, but we’ll get better with that,” he said.
Although officials weren’t shy about calling fouls on the boys, the whistles were blowing again and again earlier in the day at the girls’ game. 41 fouls between the two teams, 26 of which were against MCHS, did not help out the Lady Bulldogs, ending with Leah Camilletti, Mattie Jo Duzik and Kayla Pinnt all fouled out of the game.
Still, their troubles began early as Olathe commanded scoring at the onset, Moffat County down 15-4 by the time the second quarter began.
The lopsided score was evened out somewhat as the girls upped their effort to outscore the Pirates 21 to 17 in the quarter, including a shot from outside by Katelyn Peroulis that finished the first half.
The team continued to catch up little by little, even tying the score at 43, but they could never overtake Olathe.
“We just gave ourselves too much of a hole at the beginning,” coach Sam McLeod said. “It was a good game, and I’m proud of the girls for fighting back.”
Leah Camilletti finished with 24 points, Josey King 14 and Morgan Lawton nine.
The results may not have been as favorable as the 68-27 game in Gunnison, but overall, the team competed stronger against a much more formidable opponent, McLeod said.
“It was a much different level,” he said. “We had to execute on every single play and put some points on the board in a way we haven’t done before.”
The boys are 4-3 overall, 2-0 in the 3A Western Slope League, and the girls 3-4, 1-1. Both squads will travel to Coal Ridge High School in New Castle on Tuesday before their first home game of the season Friday, hosting Basalt.
“It’s going to be good to be home,” Hamilton said.
Sharing thanks, enjoying some laughs, and shedding a few tears are an indicator of the emotional levels that always seem to come with Moffat County High School graduation.