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Moffat County girls basketball state-bound with regional win

Lady Bulldogs take 74-53 win over Platte Valley; Great 8 rematch vs. Lutheran Thursday

Moffat County High SchoolMoffat County High School girls basketball players had an overwhelming sense of déjà vu Saturday afternoon, and that’s certainly not negative provided one thing from last season can be changed. girls basketball players had an overwhelming sense of déjà vu Saturday afternoon, and that's certainly not negative provided one thing from last season can be changed.

Moffat County High School girls basketball players had an overwhelming sense of déjà vu Saturday afternoon, and that's certainly not negative provided one thing from last season can be changed.

The Lady Bulldogs retained their regional championship in a Sweet 16 round match-up with the Platte Valley Broncos, defeating the Kersey squad, 74-53, to qualify for a second consecutive trip to the 3A CHSAA State Championships.

— The Moffat County High School girls basketball team will compete against Lutheran in the Great 8 round of the 3A state tournament at 8:45 a.m. Thursday at the Denver Coliseum. Community members are encouraged to attend and cheer on the Lady Bulldogs. For more information on how local businesses or community members can support the team, call Lisa Lawton at 970-846-4639.

Moffat County High School girls basketball vs. Platte Valley

Team — 1Q 2Q 3Q 4Q Final

MCHS — 17 15 15 27 74

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PVHS — 12 12 11 18 53

While Platte Valley, seeded 20th in the tournament brackets, provided more pushback than Eagle Ridge Academy had the night before, Moffat County athletes, ranked No. 4, led nearly the entire game.

Maggie Smith hit an early three-pointer for the Broncos that gave them the brief 5-2 advantage only for Josey King to answer back quickly with her own long shot and Leah Camilletti doing the same to put the home team in front, a later score of 12-10, advantage Bulldogs, the closest it would be from there.

At halftime, it looked like Platte Valley would still be able to come from behind, but fouls became problematic for Bronco roster, which was whittled down in the third quarter as Adrianna Rios and Mardee Turner each had to take a seat with too many penalties.

Platte Valley's Taylor Arb also went out with a possible concussion with about four minutes remaining after taking a spill beneath the Moffat County basket.

The fourth quarter worked out the best for the Lady Dogs, hitting a nine-point run as part of a 27-point effort in the final eight minutes, leading to a frenzied celebration as the buzzer sounded.

King was the top Moffat County scorer with 17 points, including a three in all but the second quarter and hitting all four free throw attempts. Morgan Lawton and Mattie Jo Duzik each had 14 points, going eight for 10 and four for six at the line, respectively.

Kayla Pinnt finished with 12, Katia Voloshin seven, Jana Camilletti four, Leah Camilletti three, Hannah Walker two and Alex Hamilton one point in a game in which all MCHS seniors scored in their final time on the court of the Dog House, overall shooting at 22 for 56 and 26 for 45 on free throws.

"We worked our butts off, we came through, we got it," Voloshin said after she and fellow seniors Walker, Lawton, Pinnt and Leah Camilletti finished taking a multitude of photos. "I'm overwhelmed."

The Broncos finished their season 13-11, hitting 13 of 46 shots, seven of 24 three-pointers and going 12 for 18 in free throws.

Smith had four threes in a 28-point game, followed by Rios and Lindsay Niederkorn each with seven points, Michaela Hill with six, Arb three and Allison Walters two.

"From the beginning, it was up and down, but they continued to fight back," said Platte Valley coach Tonya Schissler. "The thing about this team is they're wonderful young ladies, they play together, they work together and they were good to each other."

The opposition from the fourth-ranked team was one she was not surprised to see, she added.

"Moffat County is quick, great defense, always looking to jump in and steal that ball, they should do well from here," Schissler said.

Receiving another commemorative plaque and cutting down the net from the home basket was enjoyable for the Lady Dogs and their coaches, but now comes the hard part.

The 21-3 team moves on to the Great 8, hosted March 10 to 12 at the Denver Coliseum, and among the other seven teams to make it this far are Pagosa Springs, Sterling and Manitou Springs, the top three seeds in 3A. Those squads and Moffat County will each be the home team as the tournament commences, meeting ninth seed Centauri, Faith Christian (10th) and Eaton (sixth), respectively.

MCHS will play No. 5 Lutheran, the Parker team that last year sent the Lady Dogs into the consolation bracket during the Great 8 with a 61-32 defeat.

The Lions are 20-4, picking up a regional win Saturday against Trinidad, 47-40, on their home floor, flaunting a 14-game streak and the conference and district titles for the Metro League.

Even so, MCHS counts 10 wins in a row and have upped their scoring average to 66.2 points per game compared to Lutheran's 55.4. Also, the Lady Dogs were the only regional team to crack 70 points Saturday, though Sterling had the biggest win with a 62-32 game against La Junta.

Coach Sam McLeod said the group's latest trip to state has a lot of weight to it as the same starters are eager to avenge last year's loss but also take MCHS hoops as far as possible.

"Now that we've seen it, we're not happy just to be there," he said. "We're not satisfied with the trip, we want to bring home the gold ball for Craig and Moffat County."

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— The Moffat County High School girls basketball team will compete against Lutheran in the Great 8 round of the 3A state tournament at 8:45 a.m. Thursday at the Denver Coliseum. Community members are encouraged to attend and cheer on the Lady Bulldogs. For more information on how local businesses or community members can support the team, call Lisa Lawton at 970-846-4639.

Moffat County High School girls basketball vs. Platte Valley

Team — 1Q 2Q 3Q 4Q Final

MCHS — 17 15 15 27 74

PVHS — 12 12 11 18 53