Soroco girls basketball, 2008-09
- 7:30 p.m. Dec. 2 at Moffat County JV
- Dec. 5, Soroco 65, Clear Creek 24 at West Grand Tournament; (2-0)
- Dec. 6, West Grand 47, Soroco 27 at West Grand Tournament; (2-1)
- Dec. 9, Soroco 58, Steamboat JV 38; (3-1)
- Dec. 12, Hayden 73, Soroco 42; (3-2)
- Dec. 13, Soroco 51, Vail Christian 37; (4-2)
- Dec. 20 North Park 53, Soroco 46; (4-3)
- Jan. 10, Rangely 63, Soroco 36; (4-4)
- Jan. 15, Soroco 36, Moffat County J.V. 31; (5-4)
- Jan. 16, North Park 49, Soroco 40; (5-5)
- Jan. 23, Soroco 60, De Beque 29; (6-5)
- Jan. 24, Meeker 59, Soroco 39;(6-6)
- Jan. 30, Plateau 60, Soroco 49;(6-7)
- Feb. 6, West Grand 56, Soroco 50;(6-8)
- Feb. 7, Paonia 64, Soroco 51;(6-9)
- Feb. 13, Hayden 55, Soroco 39;(6-10)
- Feb. 14, Soroco 58, Vail Christian 37;(7-10)
- Feb. 21 district play at home sites
- Feb. 27-28 districts at Meeker
Steamboat Springs Attend a Soroco High School girls basketball practice, and you might think first-year Rams coach David Bruner is getting a head start on the track season.
But Bruner - who takes over the basketball program after coaching the football and track and field teams for the past couple of years - realizes that if the Rams want to be successful, conditioning will be at a premium.
"Our strengths are our speed and quickness," Bruner said. "We're going to use our quickness to press and play defense full court."
Because of a lack of size - the tallest Rams player is 5-foot-9 sophomore Ceanna Rossi - Bruner said Soroco must play an up-tempo type of game.
With returning guards Sarajane Rossi and Traci Schlegel adding to a talented group of freshmen, Bruner said, it should be interesting to see how the Rams come together.
"I expect them to play hard," Bruner said. "They'll be a lot more fun to watch. We're young, so we'll make some mistakes. The first six or seven games, it's going to take a while to get used to the system. After Christmas, when league play starts, I think we'll play hard and really start to compete."
The Rams season might come down to how quickly they pick up Bruner's new schemes. Judging by past results, Bruner is likely to be successful.
He brought in Amber Whitlock as an assistant coach. Bruner coached Whitlock at Prairie High School in Weld County.
During their four years together, the Mustangs went 92-11.
"I think a lot of it is keeping the girls positive," Whitlock said. "They have to know their bodies can do a whole lot more than they think, both mentally and physically."
The changes to an up-tempo and fast style of play have been evident to all of the players. Despite some inexperience in the depth chart, the change in philosophies has been well received.
"We're running like it's track season," Schlegel said. "But we're used to coach (Bruner's) style. It hasn't been a big change since we had him in track."
Although expectations might be limited because the Rams have finished at the bottom of the league the past four years, Bruner knows this year's team has a chance to open some eyes.
"I expect us to compete in every game," Bruner said. "As long as we're competing, I'll be happy."
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