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Close is good enough for Parker, Rams

Soroco won its 17th game, beating Rangely in a tight game

Soroco's Jessica Rossi puts up a shot Thursday against Rangely. The Rams won the game
Joel Reichenberger

— Through some sets of eyes, the Soroco High School girls basketball team’s regular season finale Thursday night may have seemed like a bit of a letdown.

The Rams won, defeating Rangely 54-49 in Oak Creek, so there was no view too dim, but Soroco beat the same team by 20 points in December. The Rams weren’t sharp through much of the game, slowed by turnovers. Rangely rallied down the stretch, never close enough to threaten winning, but close enough to keep things interesting.

Those seeing the negatives certainly weren’t looking through Soroco senior Laramie Parker’s eyes.



Parker missed more than half the season after undergoing surgery early in January.

Friday night, she took to the floor again for the first time, and she relished every second.



“It was awesome,” she said, having undergone surgery to remove a cyst. “It was kind of a big surgery. I was just really happy to be out there.”

Junior Briana Peterson helped put together the run that won the game. She was a wrecking ball in the second quarter, when Soroco turned what was a 10-10 tie into a 10-point lead by halftime.

Peterson scored 14 of her game-high 21 points in the period, doing it every way possible. She converted layups, sank jump shots and drained back-to-back 3-point shots.

Senior Jessica Rossi also had 11 for Soroco and Morgan George seven.

“That was a good team win for us,” coach David Bruner said.

Laramie Parker played in all four quarters and picked up two fouls, but she didn’t score a point.

That didn’t phase her, and she said afterward she felt great, like nothing had ever happened.

It was senior night at Soroco, a celebration of one of the best regular seasons in the program’s history, finished with a sparkling 17-2 record.

Bigger games await, starting Feb. 27 in the district tournament at Cedaredge and against Paonia, and certainly March 6, when the Rams will play in Grand Junction at the regional tournament.

The focus wasn’t on those games Thursday night, however.

Senior night often means a ceremonial substitution for those seniors, and late in the game, all five of Soroco’s seniors were on the court — Rossi, Hayley Johnson, Leah Walorski, Kellen Garrity and Parker.

With the game close, there was no late timeout to elicit one last rousing round of applause from the crowd. Instead, the seniors played to the final buzzer.

At least in the eyes of one senior, that wasn’t a bad thing at all.

“I feel very proud to play with this team,” Parker said. “They are my family, and I’ve never felt closer to anyone else. It was definitely an honor.”

To reach Joel Reichenberger, call 970-871-4253, email jreichenberger@SteamboatToday.com or follow him on Twitter @JReich9


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