Moffat County hoops teams split Saturday matches in Olathe
After a lengthy weekend road trip, Moffat County High School basketball teams are looking for a little regularity back at home.
MCHS’s Saturday games in Olathe proved problematic at times against the Pirates, yet girls were able to work through a foul-heavy first half — which they led 18-14 at intermission — to move to 2-0 in the 3A Western Slope League with a 44-31 win.
It was the second conference win of the weekend after the Lady Bulldogs — now 8-3 overall, 2-0 WSL — defeated Gunnison the night before.
Junior varsity teams fended off the Pirates easily, as girls came out in front 51-12 and JV boys took the W at 70-56, but varsity boys were unable to make it a clean sweep.
While Friday saw MoCo stay in step with the Cowboys — who went on to upset previous WSL leaders Coal Ridge Saturday 70-65 — for most of the match before falling in the fourth quarter, the Dogs were quickly behind the eight-ball against Olathe.
A 31-20 halftime score only got rockier as the Pirates put together a 21-11 third period to lead 52-31 heading toward a 69-48 finish to give Olathe its first WSL victory.
“This was a tough road weekend for us,” Bulldog boys coach Eric Hamilton said. “We played two physical teams and just did not play enough good minutes in both games to win. There were some positives to take from the weekend, but we know there’s a lot of work to be done to compete in the next seven league games.”
With a larger varsity roster, including Dario Alexander and Myles Simpson, nearly all the Dogs scored against the Pirates, with seven points for Jordan Carlson, six for Jerod Chacon and five for Cale Scranton.
At 2-8, MCHS boys travel Tuesday to Frisco for a non-conference game with Summit before four straight home games for both Bulldog squads, starting with Jan. 18 and 19 games in Craig against Grand Valley and Cedaredge, respectively.
“Lots more basketball to go,” Hamilton said.