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Rams overcome rocky start

— Barring an injury or actual natural disaster, Friday night’s game started about as badly as possible for the Soroco High School girls team.

Rangely jumped out to a big advantage early, leading 10-0 midway through the first quarter.

That wasn’t much of a predictor for the outcome, however. Once the Rams had righted their ship, they sailed on for an easy victory, winning 78-42.



How both coach David Bruner and his team responded to that early deficit says plenty about the team’s hopes for this season.

There were no timeouts, no motivational screaming and no worried looks.



“I just let them play through it,” Bruner said. “By the end of the first quarter we were ahead 18-16.”

That 18-6 run said more about the game than the 10-0 run at the start.

It was about getting it done in whatever way possible.

The Rams got 29 points from senior Briana Peterson then solid contributions from the rest of the roster.

Morgan George, Mattie Rossi and Chloe Veilleux each had 10. Kali Constine had nine, and DaKota Bruner had eight.

The shooters weren’t on. The team made just three 3-pointers but was hot from the free throw line. DaKota Bruner made all six of her free throws, as did Peterson, who went 10 for 10 to extend a streak to 17 consecutive free throws.

“We started off rough, but once we got in the groove, we played our game, and they got tired and couldn’t keep up,” Peterson said. “Everyone’s playing pretty well, and we’re all flowing well together. Plus, the younger girls are stepping up, which is what we need.”

Soroco will play its final game before the winter break Saturday at South Park, 2-3 this season.

No matter how the game starts, the Rams are confident they can hang in it.

“If we can put all that together, we’ll be pretty good,” David Bruner said.

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


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