Updated December 1, 2012 at 8:10 p.m.
Steamboat Springs The Soroco High School girls basketball team beat cross-county rival Hayden on Saturday, 48-28. The two teams battled back and forth in the first half before the Rams broke it open in the second half.
The Rams (2-1) led by just six at halftime, but extended the lead in the third quarter when Tigers starters Savannah Williams and Meghan Jezo fouled out. Soroco turned a 25-21 lead with four minutes remaining in the third quarter into a 34-21 lead going into the fourth quarter.
"Defensively we played really well," Soroco coach David Bruner said.
Hayden, despite finishing the Meeker tournament 0-3, has something to build on, coach Michelle Wilkie said.
In each game she said her young roster showed improvement. Now the challenge is to continue that progression.
“They’re excited for what the season is going to bring,” she said. “They’re young but coming around.”
Zehner led the Tigers with 9 points.
Jacey Schlegel led the Rams with 14 points, Shelby Meyer added 11, and Briana Peterson had 9.
"The progression has been good and they were learning," Bruner said. "We don't have much experience. So this week was good."
Hayden next plays at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at home against North Park. Soroco next plays at 6:30 p.m. Friday at home against Longmont Christian.
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