Lady Rams use defense to get the wins

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After dropping the first game of its season, the Soroco girls basketball team turned around and won the next two at the DeBeque Tournament on Friday and Saturday.

Host DeBeque defeated Soroco, 53-36, on Friday evening. But the Rams came back Saturday to defeat Plateau Valley easily, 46-27, before coming from behind to defeat Nucla, 37-36.

The final quarter of the Nucla game was the best quarter of basketball the Rams (2-1) played during the tournament, coach Bob Johnson said.

"It was a good end to the tournament," he said. "In the fourth quarter, we were behind 31-20, but we picked them up in a full-court press and started to get steals and shoot pretty well."

Senior Hallie Shiner made three baskets and went 3-of-4 from the free throw line in the fourth quarter against Nucla, scoring nine of her 11 points in the final frame.

Juniors Nicole Wilson and Lindsay Ellis had seven and five rebounds, respectively.

As a team, the Rams stole the ball 21 times Mustangs. Shiner, senior Kaleyne Gneiser and junior Paige Iacovetto four steals apiece.

Shiner also was the leading scorer in Soroco's defeat of Plateau Valley. The post player had 19 points to go along with nine steals.

Ellis had five steals against Plateau Valley, as well.

"She is just a junior but she makes very few errors," Johnson said of Ellis.

Though Soroco came up on the short end in its game against DeBeque, Iacovetto, the Rams' point guard, had four steals and five assists.

"We are pretty short but we are pretty quick," Johnson said. "Defense is going to have to be our main thing because we don't get a lot of offensive rebounds."

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