Aspen boys, girls basketball falls at Moffat
Correction: Friday’s game between Aspen and Moffat County in Craig was not an official league contest.
CRAIG — Even with temperatures in free fall this week all over Colorado, things were heating up in the Moffat County High School gym.
The MCHS basketball teams hosted Aspen Friday night in Craig for the first outing in weeks for either team following the holiday break.
Both Bulldog squads were prepped for the Skiers coming off a win Dec. 23 at the Pepsi Center, opening 3A Western Slope League play with victories against Coal Ridge.
The Aspen boys also were ready to repeat a win, last experiencing a squeaker ‘W’, 58-57, Dec. 16 against Vail Christian.
The 2017 slate for the Skiers began with a 64-45 loss to the Dogs, which started heavily in Moffat County’s favor with a 12-3 first quarter. The Skiers finally found their footing midway through the second period but played catch-up the whole game with a 29-12 halftime deficit.
Brent Cook led scoring for the Bulldogs (3-6 overall, 1-0 WSL) with 16 points, while AJ Detrick put up nine for Aspen, which goes to 3-3 overall.
“There’s a lot of highlights along with all the lowlights we had tonight, but at the end of the day, we dug ourselves a hole,” said Aspen boys coach Alex Schrempf. “We played like we came back from a 10-day vacation; we had one day to refresh and we weren’t ready. Moffat came to fight from the jump. Credit to my guys, especially some of my underclassmen — they stepped up and they hustled.”
Schrempf added the night was “a nice gut-check” to show his athletes what they need to improve on going forward.
The Aspen girls remain winless at 0-6 overall following a 54-23 defeat to the Lady Bulldogs, who likewise stayed in front all night starting with a 16-6 first quarter and a 26-12 halftime lead.
Aspen’s Cliara Sanchez led both teams with 11 points, while Jana Camilletti, Josey King and Brooke Gumber each had eight for MCHS, now 8-1 and 1-0.
Though the varsity games were closer, the Bulldog teams set the tone earlier in the day as the junior varsity squads trounced the Skier girls, 54-11, and boys, 66-18.
AHS girls coach Greg Peterson said the earlier games were an indicator of what his players would face.
“I told my girls, these are your teachers, we’re gonna go to school tonight,” he said. “We’re not a basketball powerhouse, and any small success is a step in the right direction.”
Aspen next plays in Rangely on Tuesday and hosts Basalt Thursday.
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