Oak Creek The Soroco Rams girls basketball team won its first district playoff game Saturday, coming from behind in the fourth quarter to beat the Grand Valley Cardinals, 35-32, at Soroco High School.
The Rams struggled finding field goals during most of the game, losing a 3-0 lead early on from shots by the Cardinals' Jenni Hirnelsen. After the first quarter, the Rams were down 6-5.
The Rams then only managed to score seven points to the Cardinals' 12 points in the second quarter to be even further down at halftime, 18-12.
"We began tight and weren't playing our natural game. We also started out in a man-to-man defense," Soroco coach Bob Johnson said. "That got us into some foul trouble. We then switched to a zone and it helped."
In the third quarter, the Rams began to climb out of the hole. Sara Jo Linden hit an inside jumper from a pass from Sarah Broadbent to set the pace.
Then with shots by Jamie Iacovetto, the Rams pulled closer, down only 25-21 at the end of the third quarter. But in Grand Valley's first possession of the fourth quarter, Desiree Brownson hit a shot from the corner to better her team's lead to 27-21 and to make a comeback even more difficult.
However, the Rams clamped down its zone defense and went on a 9-0 run behind points by Iacovetto, free throws by Myria Rodeman and a good post game by Linden.
The Rams then held their opponent to just five points the rest of game and went on to win 35-32.
"We pulled it out in the end," Linden said. "We didn't play as good as we could have, but I think we'll do better next week."
Iacovetto led her team in scoring with 13 points. She also pulled down five rebounds and snagged four steals. Linden had eight points and five rebounds. Kaycee Samuelson also had a good game, playing tough defense, pulling down nine rebounds and getting four steals. Broadbent had five assists and four steals.
Another bright spot for the Rams was Rodeman, who hit two key free throws in the fourth quarter to bring the game to within two points, then following that with a steal to put the Rams in position to tie.
"She had one of her best games," Johnson said.
Rodeman had six points, three steals, four rebounds and hit four of six free throws.
The Rams advance to the second round of the district tournament to play West Grand next weekend at Steamboat Springs High School.