Hayden On a night Hayden honored its seniors, one stole the show in an emotional win over the visiting girls from Soroco.
Robin Chiaro scored 13 points in the second half as the Tigers defeated the Rams 64-52. The senior finished with 17 points for the game.
"Awesome," said Hayden coach Donald Rolando of Chiaro's performance. "She is a senior. Before the game, we challenged all four seniors, and she played awesome. She is the reason we won. She played with a lot of fire. She was diving for loose balls. She set a good example on the court."
Chiaro and the Tigers' stifling defense in the second half was the reason the Tigers defeated their cross-county rival.
The Rams jumped on the Tigers early and led 13-7 after the first period.
"The girls came out a little nervous," Rolando said. "They were trying too hard."
The Tigers settled down in the second period and trailed by one point at halftime, 25-26.
The third-quarter is where the Rams fell apart. Soroco went cold and managed only six points in the quarter.
"The defense was key," Rolando said. "We made them shoot from the outside."
Soroco tried to battle back in the fourth quarter but could get no closer than nine points.
The Rams were led in scoring by Katherine Ford, who had 16 points. The senior missed much of the third quarter nursing a hurt shoulder. Ford came back into the game in the fourth quarter to score eight points. Senior Jamie Iacovetto pitched in with 10.
Leading Hayden were Chiaro and Adriana Svoboda, who each had 17. Point guard Natalie McDonald had 16.
The Tigers came into the game looking to secure third place in the Western Slope League conference. With the win to end the regular season, the Tigers will host a first round district game next Saturday.
"We finally played a complete game on the night we had to have it," Rolando said.
Soroco will end its season today against South Park on the road. Soroco will also play a first round district game next Saturday.