Soroco’s Veilleux shoots her way into state record books
Editor’s note: This story has been updated to include Veilleux’s number of attempted 3-pointers and field goals.
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Soroco High School senior Chloe Veilleux was just trying to step up her game for a big matchup.
And she did more than that Friday against Meeker at the Cowboy Shootout. Veilleux scored 48 points, including 10 of 14 attempted 3-pointers to help lead the Rams to a 73-59 victory over the Cowboys, who are one of the Class 1A/2A Western Slope League’s top contenders for the league title. She’d also make 17 of 30 of her field goals, a field goal percentage of 57 percent.
Veilleux will go down in Colorado history, tying for the fifth-most points scored in a single game. She ties Wheat Ridge’s Michelle Suman, who dropped 48 points in 1991 against Columbine High School.
“I think it was a privilege to be in the gym to see that,” Soroco girls head basketball coach David Bruner said. “A lot of people don’t see that in the history of basketball.”
Veilleux also etched her name in the state record books as the sixth person to hit 10 3-pointers in a single game. After the Rams’ first tournament, Veilleux currently averages 27 points per game.
“From the start, I just had the mentality I was going to go hard and do whatever I could to help the team and score,” Veilleux said. “I don’t think I did anything differently than I usually do. My shots just started falling.”
Veilleux knew she was on a roll, but she didn’t know she was making history. It was exhilarating, and she kept riding her momentum.
“I was just going with it, and I knew I was making a lot,” Veilleux said. “But didn’t realize until the end how much I had actually scored.”
Veilleux isn’t approaching her season any differently than she usually does. She gets in her shooting time at practice and during PE. Veilleux is also coming off a successful cross country season where she placed third at the state meet.
“Kids get in the zone,” Bruner said. “She was just in the zone that night — just one of those days — and you try to get that person the ball every time.”
As a senior, Veilleux doesn’t know what her future holds. She always thought it would be in basketball, but she’s mostly drawn the attention of running coaches over the years. But her performance on Friday makes a strong case for collegiate basketball, which has slipped back into the conversation.
“I think it would be cool to do both,” Veilleux said. “I heard that’s hard in college. That’s something I still have to decide.”
But, for now, she plays for the school that has brought her success in both sports. She considers being a prominent member of the Soroco Rams basketball team a blessing.
“Being able to play with my teammates and being under a coach who loves it and has so much knowledge makes it really fun,” Veilleux said. “Being on a team with the potential to go far makes it that much more enjoyable.”
The Rams are currently ranked No. 3 in Class 2A RPI while Meeker now sits at No. 27.
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