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Season ends for Moffat County basketball with loss to Pagosa Springs

Lady Bulldogs finish 21-5 after 2nd playoff defeat

Win or lose Friday morning, what Moffat County High SchoolMoffat County High School seniors wanted was one more game together, but only one outcome would be able to grant them that wish, one which they barely missed. seniors wanted was one more game together, but only one outcome would be able to grant them that wish, one which they barely missed.

Moffat County High School seniors wanted was one more game together, but only one outcome would be able to grant them that wish, one which they barely missed.

Moffat County High School girls basketball vs. Pagosa Springs

Team — 1Q 2Q 3Q 4Q Final

MCHS — 11 13 14 7 45

Pagosa Springs — 14 14 11 12 51

MCHS basketball finished the season at 21-5 overall with a consolation round loss of 51-45 to Pagosa Springs, sending the Lady Bulldogs home from the Denver Coliseum earlier than they would've liked.

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Neither squad was happy with the results of the Great 8 the day before, each losing to a lower seed and each knowing they might not get another go Saturday.

The No. 1-ranked Pirates scored got scoring started as Madi Lewis and Megan Farrah put up shots to get a four-point lead, but just as Moffat County spectators began to fear another early runaway was in store, Josey King nailed a three-pointer to make up the difference. Madi Lewis took another field goal and two free throws, but with a jumper from Mattie Jo Duzik, a steal-layup combo from Kayla Pinnt and a step-in shot by Morgan Lawton, suddenly the Lady Dogs were up, 9-8.

Still, the lead wouldn't last as the Pirates added foul shots by Taylor Lee-Hammer and Morgan Lewis, with a three from Lee-Hammer in between, a following two points from Lawton ending the quarter 14-11.

Lee-Hammer hit another outside shot to get the second period started, and though Pagosa Springs saw their biggest lead of the game at 28-21, they couldn't keep MCHS down for long as King swished one from the baseline to make it 28-24 at halftime.

The Bulldogs' third quarter capabilities were on full display as Pinnt and Lawton were able to pressure the Pirates at half-court and bring it back in fast break style while Leah Camilletti found her groove with the long shot, taking two in the quarter, which ended with the Bulldogs trailing only 39-38.

What followed was an example of Moffat County's do-or-die spirit, beginning with Pinnt taking a tumble charging toward the basket in the final eight minutes, powering through soreness in her ankle but unable to take the two resultant freebies.

"I've been twisting it a lot, I keep rolling my ankle every time I jump up," Pinnt said, noting her basketball kicks are vastly different than the ones she wears for running track.

Lee-Hammer put one up to put the Pirates further ahead, but Camilletti was unphased, hitting another three and tying it at 41.

A following foul shot by Lawton gave the Lady Dogs the lead for the second and last time, 42-41, which Morgan Lewis answered back in the Pagosa paint, Camilletti responding with another free throw to put it at 43-43.

With about 90 seconds left in the game, Pinnt fouled out, the trip to the line for Lee-Hammer making it 45-43, Camilletti evening the tally again with a hard-fought inside shot, while Morgan Lewis again found room beneath the bucket to move the Pirate lead to 47-45, a timeout called with 33 seconds left.

With the best option to keep the clock going, Moffat County fouled both Madi Lewis and Morgan Lewis, each of the Pagosa girls sinking their shots to send the Pirates sailing on to the fifth-place game.

Lee-Hammer led in points with 20, Mady Lewis 14, Morgan Lewis 10, Farrah four and Mariah Snarr three, Pagosa notching 15 of 40 total shots, 18 of 25 free throws and a trio of triples, with 10 outside attempts.

Camilletti had 18 points and four threes, Lawton 13, King six and Duzik and Pinnt four each, as the last game of the year was 17 for 47 in Bulldog shooting, six for 21 in threes and five for 15 in foul shots.

With some bleary eyes after leaving the locker room, Moffat County girls, seniors in particular, weren't as upset about the defeat as they were with the stint at state being done with all too soon.

"At least we played hard," Pinnt said, adding that the camaraderie of the sport will be sorely missed.

The farewell to high school basketball is a tough one to take, said Pinnt and Hannah Walker, knowing Lawton, Camilletti and Katia Voloshin felt the same way.

"I'm going to miss all these girls," Walker said. "We wanted to play at least one more time, it's been really nice coming together like a family."

Coach Sam McLeod said he was disappointed in the outcome but by no means let down by his players' spirit.

"They played real hard, never quite got used to the background and environment, but our effort kept us in the game," he said. "It's been a great season, great run, not the way we wanted to end up, but I'm proud of the girls."

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Moffat County High School girls basketball vs. Pagosa Springs

Team — 1Q 2Q 3Q 4Q Final

MCHS — 11 13 14 7 45

Pagosa Springs — 14 14 11 12 51