Moffat County girls hoops on top, 75-27, in 1st home game
It may be a cliché, but the Moffat County High School girls varsity basketball team took the bull by the horns Friday night.
The MCHS girls claimed a huge win in their first home game of the year, defeating the Basalt Longhorns, 75-27.
The near-50-point victory was apparent right from the opening, as the Lady Bulldogs had the scoreboard 8-0 in their favor within the first 90 seconds of gameplay.
“We really wanted to jump out tonight,” coach Sam McLeod.
That’s just what the Lady Bulldogs did, nailing shot after shot to finish the first quarter with a lopsided, 30-9. The scoring momentum slowed as they went on, but the team’s relentless defense held Basalt to only three points in the second quarter to send the Longhorns into the visiting locker room down, 48-12.
It was more of the same in the latter half of the match, and there was little doubt at the close of the third quarter with a 64-21 total shining from above just whose game it would be for the remaining eight minutes.
McLeod was able to cycle through players, opting to give more court time to his second tier.
“Our subs definitely need to get some time in the varsity limelight,” he said.
Junior Morgan Lawton, who led the scoring with 20 points, said Basalt’s defensive holes in the paint helped make for a lot of quick, easy shots.
“It’s not that they’re bad, but they’re definitely having issues against a team like us that’s more fastbreak oriented,” she said.
Junior Leah Camilletti had 10 points, while Mattie Jo Duzik, Kayla Pinnt and Hannah Walker each took away six.
“I’m just so proud of my girls,” Walker said, adding that she was glad to be part of a definitive win at home.
The next week will be a tougher one for the team, now 5-4 overall, 3-1 in the 3A Western Slope League. MCHS will travel to Roaring Fork on Friday in Carbondale, leading to a Saturday home game as they host Grand Valley on Saturday.
Neither team will be easy, but McLeod expects Grand Valley to really bring some heat. The Cardinals beat Roaring Fork at the same time the Bulldogs were engaged with Basalt.
“We’re not going to look past Roaring Fork, they’re a solid team, but it’s no secret that Grand Valley and Olathe are who we’re battling,” he said.
Taking a pair of wins will be important, but that’s not the only goal, said senior Katelyn Peroulis.
“We want to work hard together as a team,” she 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.