Moffat County girls basketball crushes Basalt in Craig
Craig — The Moffat County girls basketball team kept on rolling Saturday, picking up its fourth straight win against an overmatched Basalt team.
Basalt is winless this season and 0-8 in the Western Slope League. After beating the Longhorns, 99-19, in January, Moffat’s defense was even stingier at home, giving up just 15 points in a 98-15 win.
The Bulldogs didn’t look dominant for the first several minutes of the game. More than halfway through the first quarter, they led just 3-2. But they got their defense going, which ratcheted the offense up quickly. Leah Camilletti hit two 3s in the quarter, including one at the buzzer, and Jazmine Swindler repeatedly got behind the defense on fast breaks to make it 19-4 at the end of one.
“We still have to play our style of ball,” coach Matt Ray said. “That’s fast-paced offense and tough defense. We took the press off, and I thought we backed off as much as we could without hurting ourselves. I don’t really like to blow a team out like that, but the fast pace is what makes our team go.”
The rest of the team got in on the action in the second quarter, forcing turnovers and scoring at the other end. By halftime, it was 58-6, Moffat County, and the Bulldogs were on their way toward triple-digits again.
The second half saw the Bulldogs’ regular varsity players taking a break while members further down the roster took over. By the final horn, all 16 Bulldogs who dressed for the game scored.
Alex Hamilton was part of the second unit to come in and take advantage of its playing opportunity.
“We were talking about it on the bench, and we didn’t want to disappoint,” she said about getting into the game. “We wanted to go out and show that we could handle it just as well as (varsity) could.”
The back half of the roster poured in 40 points of its own, including 10 from Hamilton and six from Emily White. They scored in the paint and from the perimeter.
“Once we started hitting shots, I think, it felt more normal and we were able to get comfortable playing,” Hamilton said.
Moffat County is now 7-3 in the WSL and 9-4 overall, with the next game coming against Aspen on Tuesday.
Contact Nate Waggenspack at 970-875-1795 or nwaggenspack@CraigDailyPress.com.
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