Title-caliber Paonia ends Soroco boys’ season | SteamboatToday.com

Title-caliber Paonia ends Soroco boys’ season

— The Soroco boys basketball team knew it had to keep the scoring pace with the hot-handed Paonia Eagles on Friday, but in a win-or-go-home situation at the regional tournament, the Rams had a few costly scoring droughts to end their state tourney hopes.

Soroco went cold from the field in the first and third quarters, first-year coach Shawn Hayes said, and Paonia took advantage, opening up a 12-point halftime lead that swelled to 20 by game’s end, 55-35.

“We couldn’t get a basket in those quarters,” Hayes said. “We got some good looks, but couldn’t get it to fall. Against that team, we had to score some points.”

Hayes said his Rams felt they were very much in the game at halftime, hoping to shore up the rough shooting and a handful of turnovers, but the 19-3 Eagles proved to be too much.

The loss not only marks the end of the road for the Rams this season, but it finishes the high school basketball careers for their two seniors, Carl Rossi and Cory Anderson.

The promising news is the vast majority of the squad will be back on court in Oak Creek next winter, and with a taste of the regional stage now, Hayes said they’ll be itching for more.

“We’re ready,” Hayes said. “Coach Harper and I, we told them they have a week off and then the offseason starts. We have to get bigger, stronger, quicker and more aggressive.”

Warren Hayes again led the team in scoring with 12 points, and fellow junior Chance Beaty followed it up with seven. Soroco finished the season with a 13-9 record.

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