Hayden welcomes Meeker for Class 2A top-10 matchup

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Hayden girls basketball, 2008-09

Hayden boys basketball, 2008-09

Soroco girls basketball, 2008-09

Soroco boys basketball, 2008-09

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What: Hayden boys and girls basketball vs. Meeker

When: Girls start at 7 p.m., boys start at 8:30 p.m. today

Where: Hayden High School

— Even after a perfect 3-0 record last week pushed the Tigers to 13-1 overall, Hayden High School girls basketball coach Eric Hamilton wasn't completely happy - because Hamilton and the Tigers now are focusing on how the team wins, rather than whether it wins.

As No. 4 Hayden welcomes No. 7 Meeker for a 7 p.m. game today in Hayden, Hamilton said he's looking for his team to find a new reason to play well.

"We didn't play very good last week. It was good enough to get three wins, but we weren't on fire any night," said Hamilton, whose team also plays at 4 p.m. Saturday at Vail Christian. "We need to get a new fire in the team. We need to get that built back up again."

Earlier this year, Hayden went to Meeker and came away with perhaps its most impressive win of the season. The Tigers limited Cowboys leading scorer Marki Cook to well below her season average in a 53-42 win.

Hamilton said the Tigers again will look to limit Cook's effectiveness and use Hayden's defense to create offense.

"We can't let our guard down," he said. "We have to keep playing our ball. Everybody is gunning for us."

The Hayden boys follow the girls against Meeker at 8:30 p.m. today and play at 5:30 p.m. Saturday at Vail Christian.

Hayden (9-6 overall) beat Vail Christian, 53-51, earlier this season. The team lost, 56-46, to No. 3 Meeker earlier this season.

Soroco set for weekend tilts

Soroco High School girls basketball coach David Bruner has talked about the improvement he's seen all season.

Starting at 5:30 p.m. today at West Grand, Soroco has the chance to prove it.

The Rams (6-7 overall) lost to the Mustangs, 47-27, earlier this year.

Bruner said today's game should be a good gauge of how far Soroco has come.

"I think that will be a good judgment for how far we've come since the beginning," said Bruner, whose team also plays at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Paonia. "Saturday, we just have (to) go play hard and hopefully not turn it over."

The Soroco boys, on the other hand, will be looking to shake a two-game losing streak when the team plays at 7 p.m. today at West Grand and at 4 p.m. Saturday at Paonia.

Soroco, 10-3 overall, just finished playing the top two teams in the district in Meeker and Plateau Valley.

The Rams led both Class 2A top 10 teams in the first half before devilish third quarters did in Soroco.

"It is about staying consistent, without a doubt," Soroco coach Sam McLeod said. "In our district, there are seven teams that can beat anybody on any night. There's not a lot of separation between each team. You have to come to play every night. There is not a lot of difference, so you don't get off nights. It makes it interesting."

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