Moffat County girls burn Coal Ridge in high-score Friday blowout
Bulldog boys take one-point, last-second loss to league-leading Titans
Friday night in Craig may have been one of the greatest point differences ever seen between two subsequent basketball games.
Moffat County High SchoolMoffat County High School hosted Coal Ridge, with the results being polar opposites as Bulldogs took on the Titans, and the 50-14 win by MCHS girls junior varsity and 51-41 loss by boys JV were just the half of it. hosted Coal Ridge, with the results being polar opposites as Bulldogs took on the Titans, and the 50-14 win by MCHS girls junior varsity and 51-41 loss by boys JV were just the half of it.
Moffat County High School hosted Coal Ridge, with the results being polar opposites as Bulldogs took on the Titans, and the 50-14 win by MCHS girls junior varsity and 51-41 loss by boys JV were just the half of it.
The MCHS varsity girls improved to 13-3 overall and 10-1 in the Western Slope League with their biggest win to date this season, 92-26. The WSL-leading Lady Dogs set the tone early with a 29-6 first quarter and kept at it against as seniors Morgan Lawton, Leah Camilletti and junior Josey King did nearly all the scoring in a 43-15 half, with senior Hannah Walker adding one more bucket for good measure.
The Bulldogs bulldozed through the third quarter with impenetrable half-court defense and a 14-point run over two minutes. Coach Sam McLeod seated his starters for good in the fourth, with sixth girl Mattie Jo Duzik and second-stringers Jana Camilletti, Alex Hamilton and Makenna Baker all racking up points.
Leah Camilletti hit 26 points overall, Lawton had 14 and King 12. Leah and King each sank two three-pointers and Jana Camilletti one for a five for seven statistic outside, the team 40 for 65 on overall shooting and seven for 14 on free throws.
Coal Ridge girls were led in scoring by Jenny Call with seven points, while Santana Martinez, Alexys Holder and Kashley Morgan put in four apiece.
Call hit the Titans’ only three-pointer of nine total attempts, the squad nine for 38 in shooting and seven for 17 on foul shots. Coal Ridge stays in fourth place with the loss at 7-10 overall, 6-6 WSL.
Titan boys on the other hand, remain at the top of the WSL after a game with the Bulldogs that was narrow as could be, finishing it 51-50.
Moffat County held the lead at 26-24 at halftime, ready to shake the Titans off their perch in the conference rankings and pay them back for a 63-61 overtime loss in December.
If the home crowd weren’t energized enough after a performance by the mini-cheer and dance team, an 11-2 start to the third quarter, complete with two massive blocks by Keenan Hildebrandt, had them jumping for joy, their glee quieting down with threes by Hunter Gerber and Brandon Herrera to put Coal Ridge closer, ending the period, 40-37, Bulldogs.
With about two minutes left, MCHS senior Dylan Kincade fouled out, which sent Gerber to the line to make it 50-49. Coal Ridge’s Dan Schoulen had two chances next as one minute remained, and although he sank both, only the former counted with his foot over the stripe, tying it at 50.
Herrera, who hit the game-winning shot when Moffat County visited New Castle, was again the hero as he took advantage of a costly foul by Eddie Smercina to push the Titans ahead with only four seconds on the clock.
Gerber scored 23 points to lead total scoring in the boys game, with Hildebrandt close at 21.
Kincade and Herrera each added 10 points for their teams, Moffat County sophomore Brent Cook hitting two threes and eight points total for the Dogs, Jake Sollinger putting in six for the Titans.
Moffat County was 21 for 47 on shooting, three for 16 on threes and five for nine on foul shots, now 6-10 overall, 5-6 WSL. Coal Ridge was 17 for 59, six for 30 and 11 for 14, respectively to rise to 11-6, 10-2.
Bulldog teams travel Saturday to meet Roaring Fork, the Rams the next opponent for the Titans as well, Coal Ridge hosting them Tuesday for their final home game.
Responders were on the scene Monday afternoon with a dual-vehicle collision at the intersection of Fourth and Ranney streets.