Moffat County girls basketball set for district championship game
Huge victory over Coal Ridge good sign moving to finals with Olathe
Grand JunctionGrand Junction — It’s a familiar scenario for many of the members of the — It’s a familiar scenario for many of the members of the Moffat County High SchoolMoffat County High School girls basketball program, but they’re just as excited for it as the younger players. girls basketball program, but they’re just as excited for it as the younger players.
Grand Junction — It’s a familiar scenario for many of the members of the Moffat County High School girls basketball program, but they’re just as excited for it as the younger players.
The Lady Bulldogs will fight for the district championship Saturday in Grand Junction after a 78-23 Friday win against Coal Ridge put them in the finals against Olathe.
While not quite reaching the same pinnacle of scoring as earlier this season they had against the Titans — reaching 92 points when last the two met — MCHS offense was no less intense right from the get-go, leading 22-4 in the first quarter, the Lady Dog defensive effort keeping Coal Ridge limited to points purely from the free throw line.
“Our offense is pretty good when we move the ball and on defense we’re a pretty fast team,” Jana Camilletti said.
Moffat County put 23 more points on the board by halftime to get to 45-7 and came out of the locker room ready for more, and while the Titans had their best effort in the third quarter, the 45-point deficit they saw, down 63-18, was hardly the biggest gap of the game, as the final score would attest.
Josey King had 19 points, hitting four three-pointers, while Mattie Jo Duzik had 17. Leah Camilletti had two outside, adding to 14 total points, and Katia Voloshin and Morgan Lawton both added six. Kayla Pinnt took five, Hannah Walker and Makenna Baker four each and Alex Hamilton three.
MCHS nailed 32 of 65 total shots and eight of 13 foul shots.
Coal Ridge’s Cortnay Young had seven points, Jenny Call six and Santan Martinez five and Alexys Holder two, while Kaitlyn Harlow earned the Titans’ only three.
Coal Ridge was five for 63 in shooting and 12 for 27 in free throws.
The entire Bulldog roster contributed Friday night, though many of the reserves might not see action when the Lady Bulldogs meet the Pirates Saturday.
“They’re going to be a lot tougher team,” Baker said of Olathe.
Still, she and teammate Jaci McDiffett said they’re anticipating sharing a good experience.
“It’s going to be fun to watch,” McDiffett said.
Olathe is the only WSL squad to defeat MCHS this year, and while the Lady Pirates won the conference title last year, it was Moffat County who claimed the district honor, and the current top No. 1 seed of the league intends to repeat the feat.
“We’ve seen them a lot in this situation over the years and we’re looking forward to the battle,” coach Sam McLeod said.
McLeod said players are acutely aware the level of intensity will be far different at this stage.
“We’ve got to go full octane,” he said.
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