Sunday, February 14, 2010
Steamboat Springs Soroco girls basketball coach David Bruner wanted to explain how his team won despite facing an impossible deficit Saturday afternoon in a game at Vail Christian High School.
One problem: even two hours after the game, he couldn’t quite figure it out himself.
“It was the craziest thing I’ve ever seen,” he said. “I really don’t know how it happened.”
He was sure of one thing. The final score was Soroco 40, Vail Christian 38. His Rams were down 10 late in the game and down 8 with 35 seconds remaining.
But Soroco sophomore Lindsay Miles hit a 3-point shot with 33 seconds left to pull the Rams within 5. Junior Corey Snyder stole a pass and scored. Sophomore guard Madison George hit a layup with 5.3 seconds remaining to break a tie at 38.
It was the first time in the game that the Rams led.
That lead came after Soroco started fouling to stop the clock with four minutes remaining in the fourth quarter.
“Maybe this is a sign we’re maturing,” Bruner said. “Ever since I got here to Soroco, our sports teams couldn’t win if they didn’t play their best. We didn’t play well, but we just found a way to win. I’m really proud of the way they came back.”
The win sets the Rams (7-7, 5-5) in as the No. 5 seed in the district tournament. They will play Feb. 20 at Meeker.
Boys basketball team stumbles on the road
Two days ago, the best-case scenario for the Soroco boys basketball team included a second-place finish in the Western Slope League.
On Saturday, the Rams realized the worst-case scenario. They lost their second consecutive conference game, falling 53-44 at Vail Christian.
“We played bad. It was a rough game,” Rams coach Sam McLeod said.
Fortunately for Soroco (9-6, 6-3) those back-to-back losses won’t cost the team a top-four finish in the league, meaning it will still host a home playoff game to open the district tournament Feb. 20.
If the team is to go anywhere in that tournament, things will need to improve. Cody Miles and Alex Estes each scored 13 points to lead the team Saturday, but the offense was stagnant throughout the game.
“We just had a hard time executing,” McLeod said. “We got a lot of the shots we wanted, but sometimes we go into a funk where we don’t make them, and this was one of those nights.”