Tigers end losing streak against Rams

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— The Hayden boys basketball team was looking to end a seven-game losing streak against a cross-county rival, looking for its first league win of the season.

Hayden was able to snap the long losing streak Friday night and handed Soroco its tenth league loss of the season.

The Tigers defeated the visiting Rams 66-40.

The Tigers came out hot against the Rams. Led by seniors Matt Walden and Kevin Harris the Tigers built a 21-6 lead after one period of play.

Harris led the Tigers in the first quarter by scoring 11 points. He made all four shots he took in the period, three 3-pointers and a layup.

"We played awesome," Walden said. "We came out intense. Soroco is always one of the most important games of the year. It was the last game for the seniors and we came out pumped."

The Tigers led at halftime 30-17 and continued to extend the lead in the third quarter. The Tigers led 46-31 going into the final period.

In the fourth quarter, Hayden head coach Matt Ray kept rotating his six seniors into the game although the contest was out of reach.

"I wanted to have the seniors on the floor in the fourth quarter," Ray said. "It was their last game in this building ever."

The Tigers were led in scoring by Walden, who had 20 points, and Harris, who finished with 14.

The Rams' leading scorers were freshman Jack Means, who had 12 points, and senior Brandon Himmerite, who had 10.

With the win, the Tigers improved to 4-12 on the season and 2-8 in league play. The Tigers' two wins in the league came at the expense of the Rams.

With the loss the Rams are now 1-14 on the season. The Rams will end the regular season on the road against South Park today.

Both teams will play next Saturday on the road in first-round district play.

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