Moffat County girls hoops splits weekend road games in Utah
The last two games of 2014 yielded mixed results for the Moffat County High School girls varsity basketball team.
Friday saw a solid win for MCHS, as they came out on top, 53-50, against the Cougars, of Union High School in Roosevelt, Utah.
The back-and-forth game, which the Bulldogs led, 22-18, at the half, tilted in Union’s favor in the third quarter as the Utah team started to take the lead.
A 3-point shot by sophomore Josey King got Moffat County going again, and another element only added to it.
“What really sealed the game for us was some clutch free-throw shooting,” coach Sam McLeod said. “That was a big improvement over last time.”
The MCHS girls went six for six from the line in the fourth quarter, while Union missed its two chances for last-second foul shots. The win is a reversal from when the teams met Dec. 6, which resulted in a 58-56 Cougar victory.
King posted 12 points during the game while juniors Morgan Lawton and Leah Camilletti had 18 and eight, respectively.
The following day was a tougher one for the team as it continued its road trip to Uintah High School, of Vernal, Utah, which resulted in a 47-33 loss to the Utes. Lawton again led scoring with 13 and King with eight.
With some bad personal news from the previous day hanging over everyone’s heads, McLeod said he considered canceling the Vernal game but decided what would be best for his players would be to stand together.
“The girls played with a lot of passion, but they’ve been through a lot,” he said. “We’re all pretty beat up.”
Christmas break will be a welcome respite as the 2-3 Bulldogs prepare for conference games in January, which also will be when the varsity squad plays its first games in Colorado this season.
“We’ve had some really tough competition, so we’re going to be ready to play once we get to the league schedule,” McLeod said.