Oak Creek Soroco girls basketball coach Danelle Rivera knows her team feeds off positive energy.
Unfortunately on Saturday against Meeker, the Rams couldn't find enough of that energy to keep up with the Cowboys. Soroco lost, 68-36.
"We did well and had some glimmers of good and then the energy goes down," Rivera said. "We're very much a team that rides on energy."
On Saturday, Meeker seemed to have all of the energy.
After falling behind, 2-0, the Cowboys used a full-court press to keep the Rams - who were without starting point guard Glenda Long because of a knee injury - from establishing any sort of offensive tempo.
After Soroco's Toni Lombardi made a basket with 1 minute, 3 seconds left in the first quarter to cut the Meeker lead to 18-7, the Cowboys held the Rams scoreless until the 4:03 mark of the second quarter to take a commanding 28-7 lead.
But as Soroco has done all year, the team showed why Rivera is excited for the future.
The Rams went on a 7-0 run behind baskets from Traci Schlegel, Sarah Buck and Sarajane Rossi to cut the Cowboys lead to 28-14.
Unfortunately, Soroco displayed the not-so-pretty part of having a young team: inconsistency.
After their run in the second quarter, the Rams scored only five points in the third quarter to fall behind, 55-21.
"That's a sign of a young team," Rivera said. "It's the fact that they are young and are searching for an identity. Once they find their strengths, it's easy sometimes to fall back into old habits."
In the fourth quarter - with the game pretty much decided - Soroco once again went on a 7-0 run, this time behind baskets from Schlegel, Kelsey Samuelson and Amanda Wilson. In the quarter, the Rams actually outscored the Cowboys, 15-12.
Samuelson led the Rams with 14 points, while Wilson and Rossi each added six.
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