Soroco gets its first win

Rams beat Nucla, finish 1-2 at DeBeque Tournament

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— The Soroco girls basketball team picked up its first win of the season at the three-day DeBeque Tournament.

The Rams lost to host DeBeque, 48-32, on Dec. 2 and dropped a 47-31 game to Plateau Valley before finishing the tournament with a 45-40 victory against Nucla.

Soroco went on a 20-4 run in the third quarter to pull ahead of Nucla.

"That was pretty much courtesy of Angie Knotts," Rams coach Danelle Rivera said. Rivera added that the entire team fed off Knotts' outside shooting to lift Soroco to the win.

On defense, senior Kyla Schmidt held Nucla's top scorer to 8 points.

"Kyla was pretty much a defensive guru," Rivera said. "Kyla is oftentimes given the job of stopping some of the big guards. Glenda Long also has done some great defensive things. It's becoming a team thing, which is what we are emphasizing."

Soroco returns to the court at 5:30 tonight against Vail Christian, a nonleague opponent, in Oak Creek. In the four practices after the tournament, the staff has continued to emphasize team defense and using defensive stops to propel the offense.

The Rams will have two games in two days. After tonight's game, they travel to Coal Ridge for a 4 p.m. game Saturday in New Castle. Although none of the games to date have been league games, Riv--era said that does not change Soroco's approach.

"The girls need to continue to bring their best game to the floor," Rivera said. "That's a mentality we are trying to get across."

-- To reach Melinda Mawdsley, call 871-4208 or e-mail mmawdsley@steamboatpilot.com

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