Moffat County girls hoops presses forward in districts with Tuesday win
Boys basketball ends season 7-13 with loss in Basalt
February 23, 2016
Tuesday was a mixed bag for the members of Moffat County High School basketball teams.
First, the good news: the Lady Bulldogs are set for the remainder of the Western Slope League district tournament after a 62-16 win against Aspen to keep them among the top four WSL teams who will be playing in Grand Junction this weekend.
After two blowout victories against the Skiers, Moffat County girls were a little slow to get started in the their third meeting, but even with no points on the board for the first three minutes of play, the MCHS squad came together in a blur to make it 17-1 by the end of the quarter.
A full-court press in the second quarter put extra tension on the last-place Skiers, a three-pointer by Claire O'Sullivan their only additional points heading into the locker room at 36-4.
Morgan Lawton and Leah Camilletti led scoring with 12 points apiece, Josey King 10 and Katia Voloshin eight.
Following were Kayla Pinnt with seven, Mattie Jo Duzik five, and Jana Camilletti and Alex Hamilton each with two.
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Lady Bulldogs were 25 for 71 shooting, eight for 14 on foul shots and four for 20 on threes, Leah Camilletti and King each hitting two.
McKenna Woodrow had seven points, O'Sullivan three and Marissa Buchholz, Claire Boronski and Jackie Smith two each in their last game of a 1-19 season, going six for 27 in overall shots, three for six in free throws and one for six outside.
"It was really cool the way they didn't give up," Hannah Walker said of the Aspen opposition. "We all came together as a team, too, and everybody got in."
With the aforementioned good news usually comes bad news, which is that the MCHS boys won't be heading to the Grand Junction portion of districts, falling, 63-43 in Basalt on Tuesday.
Bulldogs and Longhorns looked to settle the "best two out of three" argument, having each trumped the other once this season, and halftime was a draw, tied at 22.
However, Basalt caught momentum in the latter half as the WSL's third-place Longhorns stampeded their way to the next round, largely thanks to a disproportionate number of chances at the free throw line, hitting 25 of 35 foul shots compared to Moffat County's five of seven.
Dylan Kincade and Keenan Hildebrandt each fouled out, picking up 14 and six points respectively, followed by 10 from Ben Robinson, eight from Dusty Taylor and five from Brent Cook.
The Bulldogs finish 7-13 on the season, sixth in the league.
While Moffat County boys won't be joining them, the girls plan to tear through districts and beyond in the coming weeks.
Picking up her first four points at the varsity level late in the girls' game was freshman Quinn Pinnt, who's eagerly awaiting the chance to suit up again as the 17-3 Lady Bulldogs hit the Central High School gym Friday to meet fourth place Coal Ridge, 9-11, winner of a 47-31 Tuesday game with Gunnison.
"I really want to go state this year, because we have a lot of good seniors and it's big for them," she said. "I love getting to play with them this year because it's making me a lot better."
Seniors Voloshin and Walker have their minds on defending the district championship title they've held for the past three seasons, ever since entering 3A hoops.
With more challenging competition in store from squads that really want to shut them down, the Bulldog effort will need to be increased, Voloshin said.
"It's going to be a lot tougher, but we're going to show them what we've got," she said.
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