Bulldogs win overtime thriller
Vail, CO Colorado
CRAIG ” Moffat County senior Eli Buckner admitted to being nervous.
It didn’t matter.
Stepping to the free-throw line, game on the line, in overtime, the Bulldog hit the right shots, helping lead Moffat County to a 71-69 home victory Friday.
“My knees were shaking,” Buckner said. “I just kept thinking about practice the other day when I made 22 in a row. It worked.”
Moffat County opened the contest strongly against the Huskies, taking an 11-point lead, 13-2, behind a strong post game and timely 3-pointers.
The Bulldogs led the entire first half before the Huskies turned on the pressure in the third quarter.
Battle Mountain’s Kyle Woolley knocked in consecutive baskets from 3-point land, putting the visitors up by nine, with 50 seconds left in the third.
Bulldog coach Steve Maneotis adjusted. The Bulldogs switched to a full-court pressure defense, forcing Huskies turnovers, leading to an 8-0 run tying the game at 51.
Later, tied at 62, Maneotis drew up a play to Buckner, who drained the basket putting the Bulldogs up with 10 seconds left in regulation.
Just when the fans were ready to storm the court, Woolley answered for Battle Mountain, forcing overtime.
The team’s exchanged baskets in the extra frame, but a flagrant foul pushed the lead to five and the Bulldogs (3-11 overall, and 2-4 in the Slope) held on for the win.
The loss was the fourth in a row for the Huskies (3-11, 1-5).
“It was an up and down ride,” Battle Mountain coach Philip Tronsrue said. “That’s the way this game of basketball goes. We had a shot at the end, it just didn’t fall.”
Woolley finished with 31 for the Huskies. Ashlin Romero added 16.
“Sometimes the ball just doesn’t bounce your way,” Woolley said. “You just have to go with it and try to stay pumped up.”
Lady Huskies fall
Three minutes remained in the first quarter of Moffat County’s game against visiting Battle Mountain Friday, with the game tied at six.
The Huskies were staying with the Bulldogs shot-for-shot and rebound-for-rebound.
That is, until Bulldogs seniors Angie Charchalis and Markie Workman started to click.
Charchalis ” running the point for the Bulldogs ” hit three 3-pointers and constantly fed Workman in the post for easy layups, as Moffat County used a 28-4 run to separate itself from Battle Mountain, coasting to a 70-21 victory.
The victory was the fourth in a row for the Bulldogs (12-3 overall and 5-1 in the Slope), while Battle Mountain fell to 3-11 and 1-5.
“That’s kind of our season so far in a nutshell,” Huskies coach Andrew Schmid said. “We start out strong then we get outplayed the rest of the way. That’s how our year has been going.”
Workman dropped 30 points on the Huskies, while Charchalis added 17 in Moffat’s 49-point win.
Despite the offensive success, Moffat County’s defense was the key Friday evening.
The Huskies scored 10 points in the first quarter, but just 11 the rest of the way.
Kyleigh Quintana led Battle Mountain with seven points, Kenia Olivas pitched in with six.
“We didn’t box out and we just didn’t score,” Olivas said. “We have to be more aggressive next time we step on the floor. We will be ready our next game at home.”
With Moffat County up 40 points at the end of the third quarter, Bulldog coach Craig Mortensen emptied his bench.
“The girls played the way we needed them to,” Mortensen said. “We wanted to do the little things right, and they did. They did a nice job tonight.”
Battle Mountain hosts Steamboat tonight. The girls start at 5:45, followed by the boys at 7.