Palisade’s struggles continue in loss to Moffat County

The Palisade High School girls basketball team is still developing.

Early on this season, the Bulldogs have struggled with consistency and playing a complete game.

Saturday, the Bulldogs (3-6) played two strong quarters on the final day of the Palisade Sunrise Rotary Club Invitational, but it was the two shaky quarters that led to a 53-41 loss to Moffat County.

“We’ve talked about consistency and bringing it every night,” Palisade coach Toni Gunther said. “We are working on it.”

Moffat County (6-4) built a big cushion in the first quarter, jumping to a 21-6 lead.

Palisade responded with one of its best quarters of the season. Kendra Barnes got the Bulldogs going with back-to-back three-point plays to cut the Moffat County lead to nine at 21-12. Palisade continued to push and ended the quarter with two baskets from Olevia Shafer.

Palisade outscored Moffat County 11-3 in the quarter and cut the halftime deficit to 24-17.

“I was really happy with the second quarter,” Gunther said. “We were right there, trailing by only seven points.”

Moffat County went on a run in the third quarter to take a comfortable 43-27 lead heading into the fourth quarter.

“We aren’t taking enough shots,” Gunther said. “When we are shooting it, our percentage is actually pretty high.”

Palisade finished strong, outscoring Moffat County 14-10 in the fourth quarter.

Kailie Wallace led Palisade with 12 points and Shafer and Barnes both finished with eight points.

“We had some good moments from everyone,” Gunther said. “Can’t say anything bad about any of our kids, but at times we need to want to have the ball.

“We are going to find out who wants the ball.”

Moffat County was led by Melissa Camilletti’s 15 points. Lauren Roberts added 10 points.

Palisade lost all three games of the Sunrise Rotary Club tournament and a common thread in the three losses was the Bulldogs’ lack of ball control.

“We are having too many turnovers,” Gunther said. “When we do that, it gives them a chance to score and puts us behind and having to chase, so we have to fix that.”

Palisade enters the holiday break with three more wins than the past two seasons combined at this point, but the Bulldogs have dropped five straight.

“We’ve gotten the three wins and we have to focus on what we did in those games,” Gunther said. “We have to keep our heads up and persevere.”

Palisade plays at Central on Jan. 4.


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