Soroco Rams trampled by Meeker Cowgirls at home
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — A lot has changed since November.
The No. 8 Soroco High School Rams (14-2, 7-1) have known since the beginning of the season that the No. 6 Meeker Cowgirls (14-1, 8-0) would challenge them for the Class 2A Western Slope title.
The two met back up on Nov. 30 at the Meeker Cowboy Shootout when the Rams emerged victoriously 73-59 behind senior Chloe Veilleux’s 48-point performance, including 10 3-pointers, carving her name into state record books.
Veilleux remains the No. 2 top scorer in Class 2A with 316 points on a 36-percent field goal percentage while also making 31 percent of her 3-pointers and 63 percent of her free throws. She’s No. 18 overall in the state, including all classes.
But tonight, the Cowgirls showed why they were a top-10 team and seemed to eliminate every weapon on the Rams’ offense, stomping out a 59-29 victory.
“That’s a top-5 team in the state, that’s what’s going on,” Rams head coach David Bruner said. “We were very fortunate to beat them the first time. They’re by far the best team in our league.They’ve got size and quickness. That team will finish top-4 in the state, guarantee it.”
Disconnected passes led to turnovers, and a lack of rebounding gave the Cowgirls multiple chances to make their shots. The Rams fell to a 17-2 deficit after the first quarter, which turned into a 31-9 deficit at half.
“I just told them ‘You’ve got to keep competing, that’s what state-quality teams look like,'” Bruner said. “They competed in third quarter, I thought, but we have more on the line tomorrow when we compete for second place.”
Soroco senior Kayla Wille was the first to score for the Rams with under two minutes left in the first, and Veilleux didn’t get her say until the second quarter, where she was held to a mere three points.
The hope was that the Rams could come back after the half and regroup, but the shots just wouldn’t fall, and the Cowgirls stayed beyond reach, 42-19 in the third quarter.
Unfortunately, the Rams dug a hole they couldn’t patch up, and they fell to the Cowgirls, 59-29.
Wille scored a team-high of 10 points, while Veilleux was held to eight points. Meeker had four girls score in the double digits. Junior Julia Dinwiddie led the way with 21 points. Senior Gracie Bradfield had 12 points and both senior Megan Shelton and Victoria Lasker finished with 11 points each.
“That’s about what happened when these seniors were eighth-graders,” Bruner said. “[November] was the first time we’ve beaten Meeker with this group. They’re high quality, and hopefully we’ll get to play them again.”
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