Moffat County hoops have first-rate efforts in second half of games with Roaring Fork |

Moffat County hoops have first-rate efforts in second half of games with Roaring Fork

From left, Moffat County High School basketball players Jaidyn Steele, Kinlie Brennise and Jana Camilletti glimpse the scoreboard at halftime of their home game with Rifle. MCHS girls won 41-40 in a tight game against Roaring Fork with a bounce-back in the second half.
Andy Bockelman

The phrase “come roaring back” was unavoidably appropriate for Moffat County High School basketball teams Friday night, given their opponents.

MCHS girls cut it close in Carbondale but ultimately won the evening against the Roaring Fork Rams with a 41-40 final score.

The game didn’t start the Lady Bulldogs’ way and wasn’t much better for the Rams, who held a 9-4 lead to conclude the first quarter, and Roaring Fork was up 17-14 at halftime.

Moffat County slowly but surely snuck past the home team as shots started falling more, and Jana Camilletti added four triples as part of a 15-point night, with Kinlie Brennise scoring 10 to follow.

The final five seconds counted dearly for the Rams, with a three-point shot at the buzzer no good to give Moffat County girls their 10th win this season and go 3-0 in 3A Western Slope League play.

“The girls battled through it and got ‘er done,” said coach Kenley Nebeker. “They (Roaring Fork) were shooting the ball well in their home place, which we expected, and we struggled a little bit defensively to stop the penetration, but other than that, we were doing OK.”

The victory kept MCHS girls at the top of the 3A WSL rankings, tied with Delta, as the same night saw the previously undefeated Cedaredge Bruins toppled by Grand Valley 38-34.

The Bulldogs and the Panthers are the only teams yet to lose among conference opponents, though they won’t meet up until Feb. 16 in Delta.

MCHS boys had a similar start against Roaring Fork, as the male Rams dominated from the start in a 67-51 night, including a 25-7 first period.

“They were red-hot from three-point land,” said Moffat County coach Eric Hamilton, with the home team draining seven outside shots in the opening six minutes.

The Dogs were down 37-16 at the half, but the squad exploded in the latter part of the game, Hamilton said, noting that they outscored the Rams 35-30 in the half.

“Second half, our guys refused to give up and played as hard as they have all season,” he said. “Really proud of the character of all our guys.”

Roaring Fork’s Justin Thompson led with 28 points, though Brent Cook put up 26 for the Dogs, while teammates Connor Murphy had 13 and Kasen Brennise 10.

Moffat County boys stand at 7-6 overall and 0-3 WSL.

MCHS varsity next suits up to travel for Feb. 2 games in New Castle against Coal Ridge, with the following day at Basalt. Teams will next be at home Feb. 9 and 10 against Olathe and Gunnison.

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