If you go
What: Soroco boys and girls basketball vs. Rangely
When: Girls start at 2:30 p.m., boys start at 4 p.m. today
Where: Soroco High School
Steamboat Springs With such a young team, Soroco High School girls basketball coach David Bruner understands the importance of confidence.
So when Soroco resumes play at 2:30 p.m. today at home against Rangely, Bruner knows how important it is for his team to get off to a fast start.
"It's real important," Bruner said. "It's vital for us to come out and start the game strong. We have to come out and play strong."
It won't be an easy task. Rangely comes off the holiday break with a lone loss to undefeated Hayden.
Bruner said Rangely had a good group of girls last year. Most of those players returned this year.
"It looks like their inside game is pretty strong," Bruner said. "We're going to try to make them shoot a little from the outside."
The focus in the second half of the season will be to continue to get better at running a high-tempo offense, Bruner said. The Rams (3-4 overall) averaged 47 points per game before the holidays. Bruner said he'd like to see that number at 54.
"If we cut our turnovers down and score that many points, we'll have a chance to win every game," Bruner said. "We want to go out and compete. That's our goal every game."
Boys look for identity
Sam McLeod emphasized before the holiday break that the Soroco High School boys basketball team had to get better in the half court.
While the Soroco coach still thinks that is a vital part of the second half of the season, McLeod said he'd like to see Soroco get back to the up-tempo style that once defined the team at 4 p.m. today against Rangely.
"We need to re-establish our aggressive, fast-paced mentality," McLeod said. "We've taken a long, hard look at who we are as a team. (Today) we establish that or take another long hard look at it. We've been too conservative in the last month."
Although McLeod said he wasn't completely familiar with Rangely, he said he expects the team to be in the battle to potentially win a league title.
"Our goals, and I know this is cliche as hell, are just Rangely right now," McLeod said. "It's our first league game, so we have to establish a lot of how the rest of the season is going to go. It's not an end-all, but that's a team we'll be competing with a playoff spot for."