Moffat press flips script on Soroco girls basketball during first round of tournament |

Moffat press flips script on Soroco girls basketball during first round of tournament

Soroco senior Mattie Rossi tries to drive through the Moffat County defense Thursday during the Steamboat Shoot-Out basketball tournament.
Joel Reichenberger

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — A second-half zone press defense, a 1-2-2 trap, led to a complete reversal Thursday for the Soroco High School girls basketball team in the first round of the Steamboat Shoot-Out basketball tournament.

A week ago the Rams ran away in the second half for a big, double-digit win against Moffat County. Thursday, the Bulldogs employed that press in the second half, erased a Soroco lead and walked away winners, 43-33.

That made for a 31-point swing from Soroco’s own 51-30 win against Moffat just a week ago in another tournament.

“It was good for us,” Soroco coach David Bruner said. “I’d tell every coach out there to run a 1-2-2 half court trap against us until we get better at breaking it.”

Soroco led by six at half, 20-14. That press then limited the team to just three points in the third quarter and 13 in the second half. Bruner pointed to turnovers, and not just in that second half, but throughout the game. He counted at least 20 in the first half.

Moffat County took advantage. The Bulldogs scored 20 points in the fourth quarter to slam the door on Soroco.

Jana Camilletti scored 12 points to lead Moffat while Kinlie Brennise had 10.

Soroco’s Chloe Veilleux scored 15 points to lead the Rams. Charlee Veilleux had eight.

Next up for the Rams is a game at 3 p.m. Friday against Northridge, which lost to Eagle Valley in the tournament, 42-38.

It’s an opportunity, Bruner said, just like Thursday. They’re games against larger schools, games that don’t mean anything toward the league standings, nothing but an opportunity to improve and to work on problems that flare up.

“It’s like preseason NFL football. You can figure out where you’re at and what you need to work on,” he said. “Hopefully they’ll run a half-court trap.”

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

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