Soroco girls basketball wins overtime thriller
Steamboat Springs — Soroco won the game, lost the game, then maybe lost it and won it one more time.
However it happened, the team’s trip to play Denver West on Tuesday night resulted in a wild overtime victory, 71-70.
Kali Constine gave the Rams the go-ahead point with a free throw with 0.8 seconds remaining.
“Yeah, it was pretty thrilling,” coach David Bruner said. “We have a lot of things to work on, but it was good to come on the road and to play in a game like that.”
Soroco seemed to have the game won early, and it took an eight-point lead into the fourth quarter. Denver North sank a 3-pointer in the waning seconds of regulation, however, capping a comeback that tied the game.
The momentum didn’t change early in the first overtime, either, and Soroco sank into an eight-point hole with just 90 seconds remaining. Even worse, the team’s entire front line — senior Jessica Rossi, who led the team with 16 points, senior Leah Walorski and junior Briana Peterson — all were fouled out.
The team rallied, however. Laramie Parker hit a 3-point shot with 10 seconds remaining to tie the game, leading the Rams into the second overtime. There, the team missed on three consecutive point-blank attempts under the basket in the final 10 seconds, but it managed to grab the rebound every time.
Finally, it fell into Constine’s hands. Adding one final moment of drama, she missed the first of two free throws. She connected on the second, wrapping up the win.
“There weren’t very many people except the kids who believed they could still win during that first overtime,” Bruner said. “Things were not going our way, but the girls kept fighting and persevering through it all.
“It was fun.”
The Rams got 15 points from DaKota Bruner, 11 from Hayley Johnson and nine from Kellen Garrity.
Soroco, 3-1, now has a break before playing next week against Rangely, then finally at home against South Park in its last game of 2014.
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