Moffat County girls hoops bounce back from loss to go 2-1 at Cowboy Shootout
MEEKER — With two wins and a loss after week one, Moffat County High School girls basketball have both something to celebrate and a goal in mind going forward.
A 2-1 run at the White River Electric Cowboy Shootout wrapped up with a Saturday win against the hosting school, as the Lady Bulldogs took a 51-32 win against Meeker to place third in the tournament.
Much like their Thursday game against Rangely, things started slow for Moffat County girls but heated up midway through as they held a 24-19 advantage going into the locker room for halftime.
Things really picked up steam as the second half began, starting with back-to-back three-pointers by Madie Weber and Kinlie Brennise. A tricky hook shot by Jaci McDiffett and a successful pair of free throws by Jana Camilletti led to another bucket by Brennise and a layup by Emaleigh Papierski, all of which amounted to a 14-point run that carried the team from there.
Camilletti finished the round with 13 points, Brennise 10 and Weber eight, the three of them tallying four total triples among them.
“We really bounced back, girls responded well,” coach Kenley Nebeker said. “Girls came into it with a little chip on their shoulder, wanted to prove something, which is a good thing to have.”
MCHS girls felt their first defeat Friday against Soroco, on the wrong end of a 51-30 score.
Simply put, the loss came down to basics, Nebeker said.
“Soroco’s a tough team, and we just didn’t do a lot of things fundamentally correct,” he said. “We didn’t box out and rebound, they did. We didn’t ball-fake on passes, they did. Just things like that.”
Nebeker noted that the defeat made his athletes want to put pressure on someone rather than vice-versa, which helped along the win with Meeker, as did a sense of justice to avenge the Moffat County JV’s earlier loss to Meeker varsity.
Bulldog JV went on to pick up two wins — 54-7 over Grand Valley and 40-38 over Soroco.
The 2-1 varsity Rams went on to fall in the tourney’s championship game 43-39 against Cedaredge, a 3A Western Slope League opponent the Moffat County girls will have to wait to face after the new year.
Coming up is another tournament, the Steamboat Springs Shoot-Out, the opening round of which will serve as a grudge match for MCHS and Soroco.
“It’s not very often in athletics that you get a chance to right a wrong like we do here,” Nebeker said.
After four years of hard work, members of Moffat County High School’s Class of 2019 are striving to keep going for greatness in the world, and the Bulldogs who took top honors during graduation aren’t just sitting on their laurels.