Moffat County girls wind up league champs as Bulldog hoops split final regular season games
CRAIG — When the dust had cleared Saturday, the 3A Western Slope League suddenly found itself in a conundrum with a four-way draw for the conference championship.
Yeah, the players of Bulldog basketball don’t really do ties…
Moffat County High School girls varsity claimed a WSL title as its regular season came to a close with a 43-32 upset win at home against Cedaredge.
The Lady Bulldogs were unfazed by the Bruins’ 17 wins thus far in the schedule, and were resolved to best the heir apparent to the league championship.
With a much improved offense compared to their Friday evening loss in Delta and a typically stalwart defense, Moffat County girls called the shots back in the Dog House and refused to let the Bruins do much of anything.
In the end, though, it was another team Lady Dogs owed a gift basket, for three reasons.
First, while Cedaredge would have been the WSL winners unquestioned with its 18th win, the Bruins’ only loss at that point had been to fellow league team Grand Valley in a 38-34 shocker.
Second, the Cardinals spoiled Delta’s chances of taking the crown when they beat the Panthers 59-41 Saturday.
Finally, when officials looked at the leaderboard, it was Moffat County’s 51-41 January defeat of Grand Valley that broke the tie, leaving the Cards to settle for second.
MCHS girls, 14-5 overall, 7-2 WSL, will host a playoff game at 6 p.m. Tuesday to commence the district tournament, hosting the winner of a Monday pigtail game between Olathe and Basalt. The following rounds will take place in Grand Junction.
Conversely, Moffat County boys will have their work cut out for them as far as districts.
The Bulldogs took a hard-fought 48-41 loss to the visiting Bruins, ultimately done in by a weak first quarter that saw them behind 14-6. The knights in white jerseys were looking to right the score from there and were trailing by five only in 31-26 half and were right in line with Cedaredge as the third quarter ended 40-36.
The 9-10 overall record for the Dogs was in fact the fifth-best in their conference, but a long line of league losses came back to haunt them, and a 2-7 tally on the Western Slope put them in 10th, with Cedaredge getting the tiebreaker due to their victory.
Bulldog boys have a long Monday road trip to Gunnison to beat the Cowboys for a potential district entry, followed by a game in Carbondale against Roaring Fork if they win.