Girls basketball team goes 2-1 at tourney

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— The Soroco girls basketball team went 2-1 overall at the DeBeque Tournament held last Saturday and Sunday.

It was the season-opening tournament for Soroco, and the girls fared well in their four-team bracket consisting of Plateau Valley, host DeBeque and Nucla.

Soroco opened with Nucla and defeated the Mustangs, 41-38. It marked the first time in four tries that Soroco was able to come away victorious against Nucla in this tournament.

"It was close the whole way," Soroco coach Bob Johnson said. "We made quite a few turnovers, but both teams had turnovers."

Like their male counterparts, the girls followed up their close victory over the Mustangs with a lopsided loss to the host school DeBeque in their next game.

Soroco fell 48-26, but Johnson said he was pleased with how his defense played considering DeBeque outscored its earlier opponent Plateau Valley, 113-5.

"We did all right for our first weekend," Johnson said. "They played really well against DeBeque, really. (DeBeque) had a tough time getting shots in the half court but they got easy baskets in transition off their press. We had them confused at times. Overall, our defense was better than our offense."

The same rang true in Soroco's finale against Plateau Valley.

Soroco won the game, 34-12. Johnson was able to play all 11 girls on the varsity roster and didn't full-court press because his team never trailed in the contest.

Johnson is still looking for improved offensive execution in the upcoming games, however.

"We have to get our shots off better," he said.

Senior Jessie deGanahl was Soroco's leading scorer at the tournament. She averaged nearly nine points a game. She also served as the leading rebounder against Nucla with four.

Johnson said that isn't a team statistic he wants his point guard leading. Johnson noted the play of senior Meg Hayne and junior Leah Hendrickson as well.

"Meg's been a consistent girl for us," Johnson said. "She sometimes doesn't score a lot, but she plays consistent."

The Soroco girls (2-1) return to the court today against Little Snake River. It marks the first time Johnson will coach in the new gym named in his honor at the end of August.

"I'll be looking forward to it," he said.

Soroco will also host South Park Saturday. The varsity game is scheduled to begin at 2:30 p.m.

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