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Olathe Pirates provide pushback for Moffat County basketball

Girls take 1st conference loss, boys achieve third win in a row

Craig Daily Press Staff Report

Moffat County High School's Morgan Lawton focuses on nailing a jump shot during the Lady Bulldogs' Friday game in Olathe. Moffat County girls lost to the Pirates, 42-35, while boys won, 63-48.

Fortunes were varied Friday night for Moffat County High SchoolMoffat County High School hoops teams, as varsity basketball traveled to Olathe. hoops teams, as varsity basketball traveled to Olathe.

Moffat County High School hoops teams, as varsity basketball traveled to Olathe.

The Lady Bulldogs experienced their first loss within the 3A Western Slope League with a 42-35 defeat to the Pirates.

Shots were not falling frequently at first on either side of the court, Olathe retaining an 18-14 advantage halfway through the game, able to keep in front with a fourth quarter burst to claim their seventh consecutive win, their last two losses coming at the beginning of January with a 56-47 fall to Grand Valley and a 53-44 rout when they were in Craig.

Since then, the Pirates — last year's WSL champs — have beaten all comers, including Grand Valley last week to get to 10-4 overall and 7-2 in the league.

At 11-3, 8-1, Moffat County girls stay at the top of the conference rankings and hope to stay there as the schedule progresses.

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The Bulldog boys had a better night, improving to 5-9 and 4-5 after cruising 63-48 over Olathe, which remains winless this season, 14 losses so far.

Pirates had a positive first quarter with a 16-14 lead, but the middle of the game was all Moffat County, ahead 49-32 by the end of the third period.

MCHS's Keenan Hildebrandt led the evening in points with 15 and went five for five at the free throw line in the Dogs' third straight win.

Moffat County athletes will throw their white home jerseys on again Saturday as they host Basalt teams, with girls JV tipping off at 1 p.m. at MCHS to start the day.