No middling effort Friday as Moffat County girls hoops punishes Panthers
With back-to-back Fridays spent competing against teams with a Panther moniker, at least one Moffat County High School basketball squad is feeling like the cat that ate the canary this time around.
MCHS split while on the road in Granby against the Middle Park Panthers, as the Lady Bulldogs earned a 52-23 win and boys a 68-59 defeat.
MoCo girls began on the right foot with a 12-6 first quarter before blowing up in the second period to make it a 30-12 half.
Lady Dogs kept their opponents to single digits in each quarter, ending the third ahead 44-17 before slowing down somewhat in the final stretch in the off night for Middle Park — standing at second place in the 2A/3A Frontier League — who move to 12-4 overall while MCHS girls improve to 13-4.
Halle Hamilton led MoCo with 16 points.
Moffat boys were stymied at the start by the Panthers, who leapt to a 24-13 lead to begin the evening and kept it going at 36-24 at halftime.
A solid second half by the Dogs didn’t quite translate to a comeback as Middle Park kept on the right side of the margin between the the two teams.
More than half the Bulldog points came from a combined effort by Colby Beaver and Jerod Chacon with 15 points each, Chacon hitting a trio of three-pointers throughout the game.
The non-conference loss put MCHS boys at 5-12.
Bulldog basketball teams will be up against fellow 3A Western Slope League hoopsters Roaring Fork starting at 11 a.m. Saturday. The final home game of the regular season will also be Senior Night.