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Moffat County girls basketball stays steady for win vs. Warriors

Moffat County High School's Jaci McDiffett looks to make a turnover count during Friday's game against Central. MCHS girls varsity basketball won 45-32 against the Warriors.

Spending more than a month awaiting their first night on home court, Moffat County High School girls varsity basketball was ready to fight and claw for a win against anyone who crossed their paths Friday night.

MCHS girls stand at 7-2 after a 45-32 win against Grand Junction Central in their first time in the Dog House this season.

The non-conference meeting with the 5A Warriors was back and forth at the onset as Jaci McDiffett and Kinlie Brennise opened up scoring, only for Central’s Sicily Belcastro to respond with a three-point swish to make it 4-3. A put-back by Brooke Gumber and another bucket by Brennise must have irritated the Warriors, whose subsequent seven-point run put them in front 10-8 to end the quarter.

McDiffett put in four more points to kick off the second period and retake the lead, with Delaney Brown tying it at 12. Jana Camilletti fought for a layup with an and-one only for Belcastro to sink another triple to put it at 15-15. Yet, another basket by Camilletti would be what put the Lady Dogs in the lead for good, leading 22-19 at the half.

MCHS girls maintained a slight lead in the third quarter, never ahead by more than eight, the total 34-28 going into the last eight minutes.

Central’s defense doubled down on the Dogs late in the game, which slowed but didn’t stop their scoring, picking up points almost exclusively at the free throw line, whereas the Warrior offense struggled to maintain possession.

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“We really got in their heads,” McDiffett said.

Both sides incurred an abundance of traveling calls that kept either team from gaining much momentum, which McDiffett chalked up to nerves. However, another element of the game was one she said she and her teammates had no issues controlling, namely under the rim.

“We knew right off the bat they were really good at rebounding, but we just did much better than them tonight,” she said.

Brennise led scoring with 16 points, including a pair of triples. Camilletti had 13, Gumber eight, McDiffett six and Jaidyn Steele two.

Moffat County girls junior varsity likewise saw a win Friday, 40-32, for a complete sweep of the Warriors, combined with boys varsity and JV wins.

MCHS hosts the 5-2 Grand Valley Cardinals Saturday to officially begin 3A Western Slope League play.

“I think Grand Valley is a different type of team, but it’ll be a good battle again,” head coach Kenley Nebeker said.