Rams pick up pair of wins against Saints

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Soroco High School senior Bobby Mason goes up for a layup during Saturday's game against Vail Christian. Soroco won, 62-42.

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Soroco High School junior Cody Miles looks at going up for a shot during Saturday's game against Vail Christian.

Soroco boys basketball, 2008-09

Soroco girls basketball, 2008-09

— Soroco boys basketball coach Sam McLeod knows how tough the district can be.

So even with his team's 62-42 win against Vail Christian on Saturday, McLeod knows with the regular season done, just about anything can happen.

"I feel like the top five teams in this league, on any given night, any of us can beat each other," McLeod said. "Rangely, us, Paonia, Meeker and Hayden are five good basketball teams."

Still, McLeod has to be feeling pretty good after Saturday's performance.

After falling behind, 15-14, in the first quarter, the Rams took off. Soroco doubled up Vail Christian in each of the second and third quarters to take a 52-34 lead into the fourth quarter.

"In the middle frames, we put the hammer down and pulled away," McLeod said. "That's a very, very competitive team. With that kind of disappointment from Hayden on (Friday), I'm proud of the kids."

Ryan Tibbetts led Soroco with 21 points. Cody Miles and Bobby Mason each chipped in 14.

The win leaves Soroco tied for third in the district with Hayden and Rangely. Although McLeod wasn't sure where Soroco would open up the District tournament at or who they would play, he said he's confident in his team.

"Our season starts now," said McLeod, whose team improved to 13-4 this year after finishing last year 3-15. "The regular season put us in a position to win one game. It's who is going to show up. The Soroco that can play with anyone in the state, or the other Soroco team."

Girls win, prep for Hayden

Soroco girls basketball coach David Bruner was right.

At each point this season, the first-year coach has said his young Rams team would improve, culminating in Saturday's 58-37 win against Vail Christian.

The game was never in doubt, as Soroco started to impose its will early. The Rams - behind three quarters of strong defense - built their lead up to 27 points late in the game before the Saints started to chip away.

Sarajane Rossi continued her hot hand, leading the way for Soroco with 27 points.

Now, Hayden prepares to play cross-county rival Hayden in the opening round of the district tournament for the third time this season. Bruner said with his team playing with confidence, anything can happen.

"They beat us by 31 earlier and 15" Friday, Bruner said. "Hopefully we can go out and not turn the ball over as many times. We'll see what happens, but the kids are getting more confident and are starting to understand the system."

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