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Moffat County girls basketball rounds out early season with furious 4th quarter to beat Central

Moffat County High School's Tiffany Hildebrandt banks a backboard shot Dec. 12 against Steamboat Springs.

The last eight minutes of game time in 2018 may have been the most exciting so far this season for Moffat County High School girls hoops.

Lady Bulldogs pushed past the Central Warriors 49-39 to claim a victory while on the road Tuesday in Grand Junction.

MoCo players stayed on par with their 5A hosts for most of the night, leading 10-7 after one period but trailing 18-15 at halftime.

Lady Dogs pulled back in front in the third period to lead 28-26, to which Central responded with a triple by Mya Murdoch to get the Warriors a temporary advantage at 29-28.

That’s when Moffat went on a 13-2 run.

After already putting up 11 points by then, Tiffany Hildebrandt scored back-to-back buckets, then had an assist to Kinlie Brennise for a layup off the fastbreak for a 34-31 lead.

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Halie Hamilton hit a three-pointer and two free throws, while Hildy scored again off an inbound pass.

Murdoch scored again from deep, but Madie Weber gained a putback to make the lead 43-34, after which foul shots down the stretch helped win it for MCHS.

“Central was pretty quick, and we had some trouble stopping them defensively, but it worked really well when they settled down and we were able to get our inside game going,” said coach Jim Loughran. “We came alive and pretty much blew them out.”

Hildy had 17 points for the evening, Hamilton put up 12, and Jenna Timmer and Emaleigh Papierski each had six.

Moffat County girls are 6-3 for the season and, along with Bulldog boys, will begin conference play Jan. 11 and 12 on the road against 3A Western Slope League foes Gunnison and Olathe.

Grand Junction Sentinel’s Dale Shrull contributed to this report.