Rams look for success recipe

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Just when things started to click, the Soroco girls basketball team took to the road to play the first of three straight weekends of road games.

Soroco lost to Meeker, 62-30, on Friday and lost to West Grand, 33-30, on Saturday. The losses were particularly disappointing because they came on the heels of the Rams' near upset of Grand Valley, one of the Western Slope League's best teams.

"It was awesome," Soroco coach Danelle Rivera said about the Soroco and Grand Valley game Jan. 14. "They played exactly like they are supposed to play. I knew they had it in them. Now, it's about consistency and not playing to the level of the other team."

Soroco didn't respond against Meeker, losing by 32 to a team that Grand Valley defeated by just three.

"We didn't play well," Rivera said. "We got in foul trouble, so that game we walked in and gave it right to them."

Soroco followed up the road trip to Meeker on Friday with a road trip to West Grand on Saturday. Rivera said the team was upset about the three-point loss to West Grand.

"They played to the level of the team, and they can't do that," Rivera said.

In the losses, senior Paige Iacovetto continued to shine, scoring a combined 30 points and emerging as one of the best point guards in the league, despite being the focal point of the opposition.

"She's been the pillar of the team right now," Rivera said. "She had a really good game against West Grand. I think a lot of it may have been from traveling, but they couldn't feed off her energy at all."

The one area of Soroco's game that Rivera is pleased with is the increased shots per half. Early in the season, the Rams struggled with their shots, passing up open looks and hesitating even to take shots. Now, Soroco's shooters have more confidence. The next part is for those shots to go in, Rivera said.

The junior varsity and C teams defeated West Grand.

Soroco (1-9 overall, 0-3 in the league) returns to action at 5 p.m. Thursday against DeBeque in Oak Creek. It is a nonleague game. DeBeque defeated Soroco earlier this season, 41-38.

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

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