The Soroco girls basketball team's tenacity proved a good match for the Hayden girls Friday, though it wasn't enough to beat the Tigers in Hayden.
The score was tied through most of the game's second half, which ended with Hayden's 36-33 win against Soroco.
Soroco had a tough time penetrating the Tigers' tough defense in the first half of the game. Consistent free throws also contributed to a six-point advantage over Soroco by half time.
"I was really proud of them holding to nine points in the first half," Hayden coach Jayme Adams said. "It shows they have a good defense."
The Rams came back in force for the second half, tying the score with a rebound shot by senior Nichole Wilson at the beginning of the fourth quarter.
"That's them wanting to show this league they are a team to contend with," Soroco coach Danelle Rivera said.
Soroco kept up with the Tigers until the final minutes of the game, when Hayden completed two free throws for the win.
It was the teams' second matchup this season, though Friday's game counted in Western Slope League standings, putting the Tigers' standings at 7-7 overall and 4-1 in league play.
"I knew Soroco would bring more to the court," Adams said. "They've come a long way."
Slowing their game down to make good shots helped put the Tigers over the top, she said.
Hayden senior Whitney Bell led scoring with 10 points, and senior Alicia Boyd followed with eight points.
Senior Paige Iacovetto scored the most points for Soroco with 11. Wilson was the second highest scorer with seven points. The Rams are 0-4 in league play.
"I'm looking forward to meeting some of these teams in districts again," Rivera said. "My team can hang with the best of them, and they are starting to understand that."
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