Moffat County’s press stymies Roaring Fork girls |

Moffat County’s press stymies Roaring Fork girls

Nate Waggenspack
Craig Daily Press
Post Independent
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Roaring Fork's Hattie Gianinetti takes it the hole against Bailey Hellander of Moffat County. The Bulldogs defeated the Rams behind a big third quarter, 65-44.

CRAIG, Colorado – The Moffat County High School girls basketball team wanted nothing to do with Roaring Fork spoiling another game for them.

The Rams beat Moffat County by 10 in December, but the Bulldogs haven’t lost since. The team avenged its only loss in the Class 3A Western Slope League and sealed up a league title in the process Saturday at Moffat County High School, winning 65-44.

Lisa Camilletti continued her hot shooting and led the way with 25 points and five 3-pointers.

The key to the game started early in the third quarter, when the basket seemed to get much larger in the eyes of Moffat County’s shooters. They poured in 27 points and five 3-pointers in the frame to push the lead out to 25 by the start of the fourth.

Moffat coach Matt Ray had felt his team was playing well before, but when the shots started falling so quickly, it was even better.

“Really, I thought we played well all game,” Ray said. “It’s just shots were falling, especially the 3s. Our defense was good all game, we just finished them off.”

Roaring Fork scored the first four points of the game, but then Moffat County was able to set up its press and started forcing turnovers. The Bulldogs opened a double-digit lead, but the Rams responded at the end of the second and beginning of the third, closing the gap from 14 to six points at 28-22.

That’s when the Bulldogs found their shooting stroke.

“Which Camilletti was it who had 14 (in that quarter)?” Roaring Fork coach Kirk Cheney asked after the game. “When she’s on target, you better not give her an open shot.”

Cheney expressed frustration at the inconsistency from the Rams tonight, who had flashes of good play throughout the game.

“At times it was good, but for the most part not so good,” he said. “A lot of our setbacks this year have been getting in our own way.”

The Bulldogs’ press caused problems for Roaring Fork for much of the game. It kept them from establishing a half-court offense for much of the first half and led to turnovers and baskets in the decisive third quarter.

Moffat County improved to 14-1 in the WSL and can only be caught by Olathe in the loss column, which the Bulldogs swept in the regular season. With Roaring Fork as the only blemish on Moffat County’s record, Ray was happy to return the favor Saturday.

“It really does (feel good to win),” he said. “I didn’t think we played our best in that (first) game, and here was much better. We wanted to beat them.”

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